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
British Dictionary definitions for whistle in the dark
- to inform (on)
- to bring a stop (to)
Word Origin for whistle
Idioms and Phrases with whistle in the dark (1 of 2)
Summon up courage in a frightening situation, make a show of bravery. For example, They knew they were lost and were just whistling in the dark. This expression alludes to a literal attempt to keep up one's courage. [First half of 1900s]
Idioms and Phrases with whistle in the dark (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