A word used for secrecy or convenience instead of the usual name for something: secret projects were identified by special code words various parties had been asked to bring ‘cigars’ to the meeting—a code word for guns
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- Teach your children not to ride with anyone they don't know or with anyone who doesn't know the code word.
- Winston Churchill, who personally vetted many of the British military code words, ordered that they should be neither overly boastful, nor frivolous.
- Undercover police responded to an ad offering Tina (a code word for crystal meth) for sale.
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