verb (used without object), whis·tled, whis·tling.
verb (used with object), whis·tled, whis·tling.
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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
Words nearby whistle
Example sentences from the Web for whistle
Root cells release malic acid, which acts like a shepherd’s whistle.Junk Food Is Bad For Plants, Too - Issue 90: Something Green|Anne Biklé & David R. Montgomery|September 23, 2020|Nautilus
Influencers, who are paid by brands to promote their products to their thousands of followers, generally agree that Reels lacks some of the bells and whistles of TikTok.Instagram’s would-be TikTok killer, Reels, struggles to gain traction|Danielle Abril|September 22, 2020|Fortune
There’s no whistle, bell, or any other serious notification of when the harmless pre-ejaculate ends and the fluids of fatherhood begin.Does Pre-Confessing Clear You of Sexual Causality?|Eugene Robinson|September 20, 2020|Ozy
Snarky Alexis may have had a ritzy Rolls-Royce, but today’s Sentra—completely redesigned for 2020—offers a lot more bells and whistles.
Yet offense continued to rule even once the whistles became less frequent.
“Clean as a whistle,” says a senior investigator involved in the case.
But admit it: at the first whistle, we all paid attention, to a part of the world that would usually prefer us all to butt out.
He is on trial along with three others, and Bogucki is blowing the whistle on government practices he says are not fair play.A Navy Lawyer Cries Foul on Gitmo’s Kafkaesque Legal System|Eleanor Clift|September 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Not a lot of air tooting that whistle, no matter what the video would lead viewers to believe.
And yep, the flag can be used in dog whistle fashion to signal a position on “those blacks.”
Robert uttered a shrill, piercing whistle which might have been heard back at the wharf.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
Goodell paused in the doorway and emitted a whistle of surprise at sight of a horse in one of the stalls.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
Then he goes out, gits into his Pullman section, blows his punkin whistle and departs.Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher|Eleanor Gates
He only tore himself from her reluctant arms as the final whistle sounded from the engine.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
In a lull of the raging earth the distant whistle of the train could be distinctly heard.A Lost Hero|Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward and Herbert D. Ward
British Dictionary definitions for whistle
- to inform (on)
- to bring a stop (to)
Word Origin for whistle
Idioms and Phrases with whistle
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