dog whistle

dog whistle
\\ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷\ noun
: a whistle to call or direct a dog; especially : one sounding at a frequency inaudible to the human ear

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dog whistle noun
1. A high-frequency whistle, inaudible to the human ear, used in dog training
2. (esp in political speeches) a message whose significance is understood by only a few people
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dog whistle,
a whistle for calling a dog, especially such a whistle with a high-frequency sound inaudible to people.

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