verb (used without object), whis·tled, whis·tling.
verb (used with object), whis·tled, whis·tling.
Words nearby whistle
Idioms for whistle
- to bring a stop to; halt: Congress has blown the whistle on all unnecessary expenditures for the program.
- to expose (wrongdoing or wrongdoers): to blow the whistle on corruption in high places.
Origin of whistle
OTHER WORDS FROM whistlewhis·tle·a·ble, adjectivein·ter·whis·tle, verb (used with object), in·ter·whis·tled, in·ter·whis·tling.un·whis·tled, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for blow the whistle on
- to inform (on)
- to bring a stop (to)
Word Origin for whistle
Idioms and Phrases with blow the whistle on (1 of 2)
Expose corruption or other wrongdoing, as in The President's speech blew the whistle on the opposition's leaking information. [Colloquial; 1930s]
Put a stop to, as in The registry decided to blow the whistle on new vanity plates. The term originally alluded to ending an activity (such as factory work) with the blast of a whistle. [Late 1800s]
Idioms and Phrases with blow the whistle on (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with whistle
- whistle Dixie
- whistle for
- whistle in the dark
- blow the whistle on
- clean as a whistle
- slick as a whistle
- wet one's whistle