Blow The Whistle Definition


(idiomatic, usually with "on") To disclose information to the public or to appropriate authorities concerning the illegal or socially harmful actions of a person or group, especially a corporation or government agency.

In some jurisdictions, it is illegal to fire a person for blowing the whistle on an employer.

(team sports) To make a piercing sound which signals a referee's action or the end of a game.


Origin of Blow The Whistle

  • When used idiomatically, probably an allusion to a police officer blowing his or her whistle on observing a violation of the law.

    From Wiktionary

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