Whistle

October 2019

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Definition

To whistle: to produce sound with the lips, like a bird.

A whistle: instrument producing this sound, like a referee uses.

Also:

To blow the whistle (on corruption): to denounce criminal or unethical behavior.

A whistleblower: somebody who publicizes this behavior.

Whistles in the news

This month, an anonymous whistleblower made public that President Trump threatened to block aid to Ukraine unless one of Trump’s political rivals was investigated.

Just another morning at the White House.

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