clean as a whistle

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clean as a whistle

Completely, entirely, thoroughly, as in He chopped off the branch, clean as a whistle. The allusion in this simile is unclear. It may have been a replacement for the 18th-century clear as a whistle, which alluded to the pure, clean sound of a whistle (it has few overtones). However, it was adopted to describe something thoroughly done. [Early 1800s]
See also: clean, whistle

clean as a whistle

1. If someone is as clean as a whistle, they have done nothing immoral or illegal. `There is no sex, drugs or rock 'n' roll. His private life is as clean as a whistle,' says McSmith. He emerged from this nasty, dishonest campaign with his reputation as clean as a whistle.
2. If something is as clean as a whistle, it is completely free from dirt. It leaves your face feeling clean as a whistle but not bone-dry.
See also: clean, whistle

clean as a whistle

1 extremely clean or clear. 2 free of incriminating evidence. informal
See also: clean, whistle

(as) clean as a ˈwhistle

(informal)
1 (also (as) clean as a new ˈpin) very clean: She scrubbed the kitchen floor until it was clean as a whistle.
2 if somebody is as clean as a whistle, they are not involved in anything illegal: I don’t know why the police want to talk to me. I’m as clean as a whistle!
See also: clean, whistle