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whistle

  

      vb  
1    to produce (shrill or flutelike musical sounds), as by passing breath through a narrow constriction most easily formed by the pursed lips  
he whistled a melody     
2    tr   to signal, summon, or command by whistling or blowing a whistle  
the referee whistled the end of the game     
3    (of a kettle, train, etc.) to produce (a shrill sound) caused by the emission of steam through a small aperture  
4    intr   to move with a whistling sound caused by rapid passage through the air  
5    (of animals, esp. birds) to emit (a shrill sound) resembling human whistling  
      n  
6    a device for making a shrill high-pitched sound by means of air or steam under pressure  
7    a shrill sound effected by whistling  
8    a whistling sound, as of a bird, bullet, the wind, etc.  
9    a signal, warning, command, etc., transmitted by or as if by a whistle  
10    the act of whistling  
11      (Music)   any pipe that is blown down its end and produces sounds on the principle of a flue pipe, usually having as a mouthpiece a fipple cut in the side  
12    wet one's whistle  
Informal   to take an alcoholic drink  
13    blow the whistle   usually foll by: on  
Informal  
a    to inform (on)  
b    to bring a stop (to)  
14    whistle in the dark   to try to keep up one's confidence in spite of fear,   (See also)        whistle for       whistle up  
     (Old English hwistlian; related to Old Norse hvisla)  


penny whistle  
      n   a type of flageolet with six finger holes, esp. a cheap one made of metal,   (Also called)    tin whistle  
steam whistle  
      n   a type of whistle sounded by a blast of steam, as used formerly in factories, on locomotives, etc.  
tin whistle  
      n      another name for       penny whistle  
whistle-blower  
      n  
Informal   a person who informs on someone or puts a stop to something  
whistle for  
      vb   intr, prep  
Informal   to seek or expect in vain  
whistle stop  
      n  
1      (U.S. and Canadian)  
a    a minor railway station where trains stop only on signal  
b    a small town having such a station  
2   
a    a brief appearance in a town, esp. by a political candidate to make a speech, shake hands, etc.  
b    (as modifier)  
a whistle-stop tour     
      vb  
  whistle-stop   , -stops, -stopping, -stopped  
3    intr   to campaign for office by visiting many small towns to give short speeches  
whistle up  
      vb   tr, adv   to call or summon (a person or animal) by whistling  
wolf whistle  
      n  
1    a whistle made by a man to express admiration of a woman's appearance  
      vb  
  wolf-whistle  
2    when intr, sometimes foll by: at   to make such a whistle (at someone)  
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