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The code word “conflict” has been used for what some people are calling a war.
Recent Examples on the Web Intel’s 10th-gen parts have been split between Comet Lake and Ice Lake, but the next code word to pay attention to is Tiger Lake. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel confirms 'Tiger Lake' is the next Intel Core processor you need to care about," 7 Jan. 2020 The police advise people to use a code word only the parents and child know. Heloise, Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Manners at the Olympics aren’t a spectator sport," 22 Nov. 2019 The Alabama-themed code words over the last year may, indeed, have been influenced by writer/producer John Glenn, who is from Tuscaloosa. Mark Heim |, al, "CBS’ ‘Seal Team’ tips cap to Alabama, using city names as code words," 7 Oct. 2019 In retrospect, schlock was often a heteronormative code word used to dismiss gay performers as lightweight or insincere. Rob Tannenbaum, New York Times, "Barry Manilow Just Wanted to Write the Songs. He’s Still Singing Them.," 5 Aug. 2019 The mobile app allows parents to create a code word for drivers to say when picking up the child. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Uber says 'no' to kids, but a growing number of ride apps say 'yes.' Parents are a 'maybe'," 13 Sep. 2019 MacDonald remembers that every Friday they were quizzed on the code words. Shondiin Silversmith, azcentral, "For Navajo Code Talker Peter MacDonald, a 'beautiful blue' uniform led him to enlist at 15," 29 Aug. 2019 With first basemen within earshot, Goodwin sometimes will use code words to get the message across to the runner. Nick Kelly,, "First base is the spot for some infield chatter," 13 Aug. 2019 Phyllis didn't invent the angel shot—the code word has been gaining popularity in bars around the world in recent years. Brian Ries, CNN, "Bar offers 'angel shot' as a code to help women flag a bartender for help," 11 June 2019

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1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Jan 2020

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“Code word.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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: a word or phrase that has a secret meaning or that is used instead of another word or phrase to avoid speaking directly

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