wolf whistle


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wolf whistle

n.
A typically two-note whistle made as an often unsolicited expression of sexual attention.

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wolf whistle

n
(Music, other) a whistle made by a man to express admiration of a woman's appearance
vb
(Music, other) (when: intr, sometimes foll by at) to make such a whistle (at someone)
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wolf′ whis`tle


n.
a whistle consisting of two gliding tones, uttered by a male to express appreciation of a female's appearance.
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Translations

wolf whistle

(inf)
nbewundernder Pfiff; they gave her a wolf whistlesie pfiffen ihr nach
vinachpfeifen
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wolf whistle

n he gave her a wolf whistlele ha fischiato dietro
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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The sexist nature of the wolf whistle led to several building firms banning it in the 1980s.
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The memo's source is Richard Goad, the company's sales and marketing director, who believes the wolf whistle should be a thing of the past.
WOLF WHISTLE, from the Mike de Kock stable which made a blinding start to the 2005 Dubai Carnival with a well-backed first-day double in Emerald Beauty and Grand Emporium, reverts to turf tonight after his disastrous attempt on dirt last Thursday.
THE great British tradition of the wolf whistle is about to be banished from building sites in Scotland.
IF a wolf whistle is delivered properly, the recipient usually appreciates it.
"Lads who wolf whistle don't usually follow it up, it's just a whistle, there goes a good-looking girl.