Whistle-blower meaning

hwisəlblōər, wisəlblōər
A person who reports or informs on a wrongdoer within a corporation, government agency, etc.
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An employee who publicly alleges wrongdoing at his or her company or who reports this information to appropriate government agencies.
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Alternative form of whistle-blower.
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(idiomatic) One who reports a problem or violation to the authorities; especially, an employee or former employee who reports a violation by an employer.

We owe it to a small group of brave whistle-blowers that we know about the infractions at all.

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Origin of whistle-blower

  • Probably an allusion to a police officer blowing his or her whistle on observing a violation of the law.
    From Wiktionary