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penny whistle

noun
1.
a type of flageolet with six finger holes, esp a cheap one made of metal Also called tin whistle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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  • You should hear Lloyd on the penny whistle and me on the piano!

    Stevensoniana Various
  • You should hear Lloyd on the penny whistle, and me on the piano!

  • Why, for instance, should the pipe be called a penny whistle?

    The Wrong Box Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne
  • One felt as if the grand organ stops had produced the effect of a penny whistle.

    The Quaint Companions Leonard Merrick
  • His friend Charley, who introduced him to the columns of the penny whistle, was the first who opened his eyes to the knavery.

    London's Heart B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • A stage child does not get up at five o'clock in the morning to practice playing on a penny whistle.

    Stage-Land Jerome K. Jerome
  • Do let him be—sleeping so woebegone with his mouth so, and that chin of a baby, like as if he dreamed of a penny whistle.

  • No one pipes nowadays at Pebworth; there is not even a performer on the penny whistle to sound a note, in evidence of good faith.

  • "Bet you a penny whistle there are at least two women in The Towers who will make bigger blobs than these," he said.

  • A penny whistle, as a wager, is what Police Constable Farrow would term "unusual."

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