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Abusing dog whistle? (7)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

cursing

Here is my best explanation:

'abusing' is the definition.

(cursing is a kind of abusing)

'dog whistle?' is the subsidiary indication.

'dog' becomes 'cur' (cur is a kind of dog).

'whistle?' becomes 'sing' ('sing' can be a synonym of 'whistle').

'cur'+'sing'='cursing'

(Another definition for cursing that I've seen is "Using bad language".)

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