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whistle

1 verb
     
whis‧tle1
1

high sound

[intransitive and transitive]C to make a high or musical sound by blowing air out through your lips:
Adam whistled happily on his way to work.
I heard this song on the radio and I've been whistling it all day.
He whistled a tune as he strolled down the corridor.
whistle to somebody (=whistle to get someone's attention)
Dad whistled to us to come home for dinner.
whistle at somebody (=whistle to let someone know that you think they are attractive)
Men are always whistling at Heidi on the street.
2

use a whistle

[intransitive]CDS to make a high sound by blowing into a whistle:
The referee whistled and the game began.
3

go/move fast

[intransitive always + adverb/preposition]C to move quickly, making a whistling sound:
Bullets and shells were whistling overhead.
They listened to the wind whistling through the trees.
4

steam train/kettle

[intransitive]CD if a steam train or kettle whistles, it makes a high sound when air or steam is forced through a small hole
5

bird

[intransitive]CHBB if a bird whistles, it makes a high musical sound
6

be whistling in the dark

informal to be trying to show that you are brave when you are afraid, or that you know about something when you do not:
Does he know what he's talking about or is he just whistling in the dark?
7

somebody can whistle for something

British English spoken used to tell someone that there is no chance of them getting what they have asked for
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