use/play the race/gender card

idiom

: to make a claim that race/gender was unjustly considered as a reason for the way a person was treated
She was accused of playing the race card to defend her client.
She used/played the gender card and said we didn't hire her because she's a woman.

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use/play the race/gender card

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“Use/play the race/gender card.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/use%2Fplay%20the%20race%2Fgender%20card. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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