factory whistle


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Noun1.factory whistle - a whistle at a factory that is sounded to announce times for starting or stopping workfactory whistle - a whistle at a factory that is sounded to announce times for starting or stopping work
whistle - acoustic device that forces air or steam against an edge or into a cavity and so produces a loud shrill sound
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There were no wagons rumbling on the streets, no factory whistles, no hum of electricity in the air, no passing of street cars, no cries of news-boys--nothing but persons who at rare intervals went by like furtive ghosts, themselves oppressed and made unreal by the silence.
Take care of those nests before the factory whistle blows for the last time and the wasps down tools and crack open the Tennent's Super.
A simple thing like that is all that is necessary--it might be 10 o'clock chiming on the courthouse clock [nine is better), the ending of the morning radio news, a factory whistle, any external signal not governed by our own tendency to remain at rest.
On cloudy days, you could rely on courthouse clocks and church bells tolling at certain times, as well as the occasional factory whistle to keep pretty much on schedule.