whistle for


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whistle for

vb
(intr, preposition) informal to seek or expect in vain
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The expression on the face of the man who, with his hands in his pockets, stands by the stern, smoking a cigar, is sufficient to excuse a breach of the peace by itself; and the lordly whistle for you to get out of the way would, I am confident, ensure a verdict of "justifiable homicide" from any jury of river men.
They used to HAVE to whistle for us to get out of their way.
Despite having been made for centuries, you're unlikely to come across a whistle for sale pre-dating the late 18th century, and most will date from no earlier than the second half of the 19th century.
During one of our daily marathon telephone conversations, she mentioned that she had not heard the whistle for a few days.
Exhibited at the Museo Regionale della Ceramica in Caltagirone, Sicily, is a prehistoric object that has long been described as a "clepsydra-shaped clay vase with a mouthpiece" until its nature was finally understood after restoration: it actually is a water whistle for simulating bird calls, realized centuries before the ancient Greek brought the Mesopotamian heritage to Europe.
99, so it is completely different for us to sell a whistle for pounds 2000.