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whistle British & World 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 British & World English

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

tin whistle British & World English

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

whistle Dixie British & World English

Engage in unrealistic fantasies; waste one’s time

penny whistle British & World English

another term for tin whistle.

whistle-stop British & World English

Very fast and with only brief pauses

wolf whistle British & World English

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

Swanee whistle British & World 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 British & World English

A person who informs on a person or organization regarded as engaging in an unlawful or immoral activity

clean as a whistle British & World English

Extremely clean or clear

whistle for in whistle British & World English

Wish for or expect (something) in vain

blow the whistle on British & World English

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

whistle in the dark British & World English

Pretend to be unafraid

whistle in the wind British & World English

Try unsuccessfully to influence something that cannot be changed

whistle someone/thing up in whistle British & World English

Summon something or someone by blowing a whistle

whistle something down the wind British & World English

Let something go; abandon something

whistle Dixie in Dixie British & World English

Engage in unrealistic fantasies; waste one’s time

blow the whistle on in whistle British & World English

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

whistle in the wind in whistle British & World English

Try unsuccessfully to influence something that cannot be changed

whistle something down the wind in whistle British & World English

Let something go; abandon something


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