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penny whistle

a type of flageolet with six finger holes, esp a cheap one made of metal Also called tin whistle
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  • The grocer had a faint recollection of his boyhood's days, when he had been a tolerably efficient performer on a penny whistle.

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

    The Wrong Box Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne
  • Taffy was an earnest though indifferent performer on the penny whistle.

    The Rough Road William John Locke
  • One felt as if the grand organ stops had produced the effect of a penny whistle.

    The Quaint Companions Leonard Merrick
  • You should hear Lloyd on the penny whistle and me on the piano!

    Stevensoniana Various
  • 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
  • My conclusions are based on experiments on the penny whistle temporarily converted into an instrument for one hand.

    Rustic Sounds Francis Darwin
  • 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
  • It makes you think of Gabriel bringing on the Day of Judgment by tootling on a penny whistle.

    Europe Revised Irvin S. Cobb
  • 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.

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