blow the whistle

blow the whistle
phrasal to call public or official attention to something (as a wrongdoing) kept secret — usually used with on

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Blow the whistle — may refer to:* Blow the Whistle (album), by Too Short * Blow the Whistle (song), by Too Short * refereeing a sports match * Whistleblowing, reporting inappropriate activity to outsiders …   Wikipedia

  • blow the whistle — (on sb/sth) ► to tell someone in authority about something harmful or illegal that someone is doing: » If two of the firm s employees hadn t blown the whistle, the scandal would never have become known. Main Entry: ↑blow …   Financial and business terms

  • blow the whistle — (on (someone/something)) to show to the public dangerous conditions or illegal activities. I knew my company was polluting the water, but I was afraid I would lose my job if I blew the whistle on it. Usage notes: usually something bad is shown in …   New idioms dictionary

  • blow the whistle — If somebody blows the whistle on a plan, they report it to the authorities …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • blow the whistle — phrasal slang : betray, inform * * * blow the whistle see ↑whistle, 1 • • • Main Entry: ↑blow blow the whistle : to tell police, reporters …   Useful english dictionary

  • blow the whistle —    If you report an illegal or socially harmful activity to the authorities, and give information about those responsible for it, you blow the whistle or you are a whistle blower.     He refused to blow the whistle on his boss for fear of losing… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • blow the whistle — to tell the public or someone in authority about something wrong that you know someone is doing, especially at the place where you work. A person who does this is called a whistle blower blow the whistle on: People should be able to blow the… …   English dictionary

  • blow the whistle — tell the teacher or the police, squeal    Jimmy knows we stole the keys, but he won t blow the whistle …   English idioms

  • blow the whistle — verb a) 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 …   Wiktionary

  • blow the whistle — cause an action or situation to stop by revealing it to opposing parties; blow a whistle to indicate the start or finish of a game or a time out in an activity …   English contemporary dictionary

  • blow the whistle — Synonyms and related words: arrest, bear witness against, betray, blab, block, brake, bring to, bring up short, call a halt, check, checkmate, cut short, dam, deadlock, draw rein, fink, freeze, halt, have had it, inform against, inform on, lose… …   Moby Thesaurus

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