Definition of dog whistle in English:

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dog whistle

noun

1A high-pitched whistle used to train dogs, typically having a sound inaudible to humans.
Example sentences
  • He kept blowing a dog whistle in a fruitless attempt to coax Molly out.
  • Similar in concept to a dog whistle, it alters the report to an ultrasonic pitch the human ear cannot detect.
  • You could even order bird warblers and dog whistles.
1.1 [usually as modifier] A subtly aimed political message which is intended for, and can only be understood by, a particular demographic group: dog-whistle issues such as immigration and crime
More example sentences
  • Equality of opportunity is the leftwing equivalent of a dog-whistle issue.
  • The net also plays into the Tories' hands by facilitating the 'dog-whistle' campaigning at which he has become increasingly adept.
  • Thatcher's was true dog-whistle politics, a subtle signal rather than the main message.

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