Blow-the-whistle definition

The definition of blow the whistle means to expose wrongdoing or report some type of illegal or improper behavior, either minor or serious.

An example of blow the whistle is to tell your mom that your brother is eating cookies before dinner.

An example of blow the whistle is to tell the Environmental Protection Agency that the company you work for is illegally dumping chemicals into the water.

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Blow the whistle means to show a wrong doing.

An example of blow the whistle is to point out a cheating team.

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(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.

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

Alternative Form of blow-the-whistle - whistle-blow

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