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The code word “conflict” has been used for what some people are calling a war.

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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 The commission’s discussion was couched in what some would regard as code words and never directly addressed race or income. Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, ProPublica, "Separated by Design: How Some of America’s Richest Towns Fight Affordable Housing," 22 May 2019 Strzok was part of the Mid-Year Exam team at the FBI—the bureau’s code word for the Clinton investigation. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Gohmert doubles down after FBI dismisses claim of Clinton server hack," 30 Aug. 2018 Type in the code word from the June/July issue and enter here to win! Seventeen Magazine, Seventeen, "Win a $1000 Smooth N' Shine Gift Card!," 31 July 2011 Also see how Hayes corrals, among others, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Maxine Waters, Emily Dickinson, Prince and Eurydice as shields, as code words, to repel would-be assassins. Walton Muyumba,, "The right poetry collection for right now: Terrance Hayes' 'American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin'," 14 June 2018 From the start, Trump sought to make Clinton's stamina and endurance -- both code words for her overall health -- an issue in the campaign. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "Here's 4 reasons why Donald Trump faking a doctor's note actually matters," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of code word

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of code word was in 1884

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English Language Learners Definition of code word

: 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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to make a temporary encampment

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