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shibboleth

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1 an attention-getting word or phrase used to publicize something (as a campaign or product)
  • we knew that their claim of giving "the best deal in town" was just a shibboleth

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2 an idea or expression that has been used by many people
  • there's a lot of truth in the shibboleth that if you give some people an inch, they'll take a mile

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“Shibboleth.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/shibboleth. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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