dog whistle

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dog whistle

Noun[edit]

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dog whistle (plural dog whistles)

  1. A high-pitched whistle, inaudible to humans, used to train dogs.
  2. That which is understood only by a narrow demographic.
    • 22 March 2012, Scott Tobias, AV Club Cabin Boy[1]
      But like a lot of these cult comedies, Cabin Boy was a dog whistle few could hear, and critics and audiences dismissed it quickly and forcefully: It left theaters with grosses south of $4 million and earned Elliott a “Worst New Star” Razzie nomination, no doubt for the adenoidal voice common to all fancy lads.
  3. (politics) Especially, an allusion or comment made by a politician with the intent that only a certain demographic note it and recognize its significance.

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