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The code word “conflict” has been used for what some people are calling a war.
Recent Examples on the Web O’Neil said there’s a code word known to the students and staff that gets said over PA systems during the drill. Globe Staff,, 3 June 2022 One customer had a vicious dog that had a code word to call off attacks. cleveland, 11 June 2022 The name refers to the Soviet military code word, Cargo-200, used for flying corpses back from Afghanistan in the 1980s. Morgan Meaker, Wired, 11 Mar. 2022 Pundits are attempting to cast the fundamental value as a ‘far-right’ code word, reinventing the notion of liberty itself. David Harsanyi, National Review, 14 Feb. 2022 For instance, a multifactor authentication process might require a person to enter their social security number and follow up with a code word texted to their phone. Sophie Bushwick, Scientific American, 24 Sep. 2021 Here, flexibility is a code word for cost-shifting. Joshua Cohen, Forbes, 5 May 2021 After following the rider’s pickup instructions, the CareDriver begins the multifactor verification by providing the rider with their first/last name and the secret code word. Matt Williams, Fortune, 4 May 2021 In 1984, Louis Beam, a Texas leader of the Ku Klux Klan, created the Aryan Nation Liberty Net, an online message board open only to people who had a code word. Marc Fisher, Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of code word

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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1 Jul 2022

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“Code word.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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