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shibbolethnoun [C]

uk   /ˈʃɪb.əl.eθ/  us   /ˈʃɪb.əl.eθ/
formal a belief or custom that is not now considered as important and correct as it was in the past: They still cling to many of the old shibboleths of education.
a word, phrase, custom, etc., only known to a particular group of people, that you can use to prove to them that you are a real member of that group
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