Definition of whistle-blower in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈ(h)wisəl ˌblō(ə)r/
(also whistleblower)


A person who informs on a person or organization engaged in an illicit activity.
Example sentences
  • Nurses also may not report other nurses for fear of being perceived as snitches or labeled as whistle-blowers.
  • They're trying to put in measures to help whistle-blowers point out wrongdoing at the United Nations without losing their job.
  • Meet the new target for whistle-blowers and conspiracy theorists: big business.



Pronunciation: /ˈ(h)wisəl ˌblōiNG/
Example sentences
  • The strategy incorporates new policies to govern fraud, corruption and whistle-blowing in the city.
  • Then another Commission official was forced out for whistle-blowing on budget fiddles.
  • Has the Patriot Act so unnerved Spielberg that he thinks we're living in a police state where New Yorkers are afraid to be the insubordinate, whistle-blowing, pains-in-the-neck that they have always been?

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Syllabification: whis·tle-blow·er

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