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whistle US English

A clear, high-pitched sound made by forcing breath through a small hole between partly closed lips, or between one’s teeth

dog whistle US English

A high-pitched whistle used to train dogs, typically having a sound inaudible to humans

tin whistle US English

A small flutelike instrument made from a thin metal tube, with six finger holes of varying size on top and no thumb holes

whistle Dixie US English

Engage in unrealistic fantasies; waste one’s time

penny whistle US English

Another term for tin whistle.

whistle-stop US English

Very fast and with only brief pauses

wolf whistle US English

A whistle with a rising and falling pitch, directed toward someone to express sexual attraction or admiration

Swanee whistle US English

A musical instrument (often a toy) in the form of a pipe with a plunger instead of finger holes, so that the player slides from note to note

whistle-blower US English

A person who informs on a person or organization engaged in an illicit activity

wet one's whistle US English

Have a drink

clean as a whistle US English

Extremely clean or clear

whistle for in whistle US English

Wish for or expect (something) in vain

blow the whistle on US English

Bring an illicit activity to an end by informing on the person responsible

whistle in the dark US English

Pretend to be unafraid

whistle in the wind US English

Try unsuccessfully to influence something that cannot be changed

whistle someone/something up in whistle US English

Summon something or someone by making a whistling sound

whistle something down the wind US English

Let something go; abandon something

whistle Dixie in Dixie US English

Engage in unrealistic fantasies; waste one’s time

blow the whistle on in whistle US English

Bring an illicit activity to an end by informing on the person responsible

clean as a whistle in whistle US English

Extremely clean or clear

whistle in the dark in whistle US English

Pretend to be unafraid

whistle in the wind in whistle US English

Try unsuccessfully to influence something that cannot be changed

whistle something down the wind in whistle US English

Let something go; abandon something

as clean as a whistle in whistle US English

Extremely clean or clear


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