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play the race card

Definitions

  1. (informal) to introduce the subject of race into a public discussion, esp to gain a strategic advantage

Example Sentences Including 'play the race card'

But I'm not going to allow others to play the race card and use that to silence legitimate debate.
Sun, News of the World (2001)
DISGRACED Labour ex-minister Keith Vaz tried to play the race card as he was banned from the Commons for a record month yesterday.
Sun, News of the World (2002)
Mr. Torres and the Democrats are trying to play the race card ," Mr. Wilson said.
Globe and Mail (2003)

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