Bells and whistles - Bells and whistles are attractive features that things like computer programs have, though often a bit unnecessary.
Blow the whistle - If somebody blows the whistle on a plan, they report it to the authorities.
Clean as a whistle - If something is as clean as a whistle, it is extremely clean, spotless. It can also be used to mean 'completely', though this meaning is less common nowadays. If somebody is clean as a whistle, they are not involved in anything illegal.
Dog-whistle politics - (AU) When political parties have policies that will appeal to racists while not being overtly racist, they are indulging in dog-whistle politics.
Wet your whistle - If you are thirsty and have an alcoholic drink, you wet your whistle. "Whet your whistle" is also used.
Whistle down the wind - If you whistle down the wind, you abandon, send away or leave something or someone.
Whistle for it - If someone says that you can whistle for something, they are determined to ensure that you don't get it.
Whistle-stop tour - A whistle-stop tour is when someone visits a number of places quickly, not stopping for long.
Whistling Dixie - (USA) If someone is whistling Dixie, they talk about things in a more positive way than the reality.
Whistling in the dark - If someone is whistling in the dark, they believe in a positive result, even though everybody else is sure it will not happen.
Whistling past the graveyard - (USA) If someone is whistling past the graveyard, they are trying to remain cheerful in difficult circumstances. ('Whistling past the cemetery' is also used.)
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. hwistlian,; akin to Sw. hvissla, Dan. hvisle, Icel. hvīsla, to whisper, and E. whisper,. √43. See Whisper
I then came home, and went whistling over the house, much pleased with my whistle, but disturbing all the family.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
And though the doctor called and called and whistled himself hoarse, Zip did not come back.
"Zip, the Adventures of a Frisky Fox Terrier" by Frances Trego Montgomery
Whence came that ominous, unearthly whistle?
"Curious, if True" by Elizabeth Gaskell
I called to him, I whistled, but in vain.
"Nobody's Boy" by Hector Malot
The wind rose again, and whistled around the little town and shrieked far out on the lonely prairie.
"The Candidate" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
We had the best whistle in college.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
He even deigned to whistle as he went down the path to the street.
"The Flag" by Homer Greene
A short distance from the depot Alex was halted by a long, muffled whistle from the east.
"The Young Railroaders" by Francis Lovell Coombs
A boy in front led the horses, and whistled.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
He'll gie you the whistle o' your groat.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
Good-bye, my girl that grieved me.
The bugles whistled, Come.
And I, -- stepped in the roadway
And marched beside the drum.
"The New Recruit" by Katharine Tynan
Over Hill and over hollow,
Shunning wide the lighted towns,
Faster still, the twilight deepens,
Till you whistle o'er the downs.
"The Four Winds" by R S Ward
For the loud bugle, pealing high,
The blackbird whistles down the vale,
And sunk in ivied ruins lie
The banner'd towers of Evandale.
"Cadyow Castle" by Sir Walter Scott
I knew a simple soldier boy
Who grinned at life in empty joy,
Slept soundly through the lonesome dark,
And whistled early with the lark.
"Suicide In The Trenches" by Siegfried Sassoon
The bird that whistles for his mate,
A low sweet whistle half-aloud;
The lark that sings in lonely state
Far up upon his throne of cloud.
"A Border Keep" by Alexander Anderson
It is long since I bid it all good-bye,
With young light-hearted disdain;
I remember who stood at the door that day;
Her tears fell fast as the rain;
And I whistled a tune and waved my hand,
But never went back again.
"The Rover" by Virna Sheard
Seconds remain to the final whistle.
When the final whistle blew, Mifflin County claimed a 3-0 victory in the Commonwealth Division contest.
I even was at a baseball game many years ago where a champion whistler whistled the song.
Tennessee offensive linemen Jake Scott and Michael Roos said a whistle was being blown in the area of the Saints' bench late in New Orleans' 22-17 victory against the Titans.
Wet those whistles in Charlotte.
I don't remember any girls being unable to whistle , yet I read recently that only about 16 percent of females nowadays can whistle .
My brother Jack and I whistled in the back seat of the car on long trips, seeing who could whistle the loudest and hold our whistle the longest.
Galaxy is whistling a happy tune these days.
A Whistlingly Good Top 10.
Bells and whistles dominated the booths at the industry show.
Starkville Academy football coach Jeff Terrill (middle with whistle) hopes having one extra day to prepare for Lamar School will help when the two teams play at 7:30 pm (Kim Murrell/SDN).
Plus your nose is whistling.
She belonged to the Whistling Water clan and a Whistling Water child.
REMEMBER THE TOBACCO WHISTLE BLOWER.
Don't deny it: Everyone who is looking to buy a house has an idea of what that dream home will look like and all the bells and whistles it will have inside.
The ideas used in this section reappear in Sections 4.3 and 4.4 with many more bells and whistles. p .
Presentations of finite simple groups: a quantitative approach
Example 5 The Wikileaks whistle blowing site is about to uncover yet another state secret.
Causality, Knowledge and Coordination in Distributed Systems
It is general what we remember and whistle and hum.
Music in Terms of Science
This method is used on the trombone and the slide whistle. • Making the air column vibrate at desired harmonics without changing the physical length of the column of air.
Music in Terms of Science
The other three forms are known as vocal fry, falsetto, and whistle.
Music in Terms of Science