whistle at

whistle at someone or something

to indicate approval or disapproval of someone or something by whistling. The men whistled at the beautiful woman who walked by. Everyone whistled at the enormous roast of beef the cook's assistant carried in.
See also: whistle

whistle at

v.
1. To express admiration or desire for someone or something by whistling: The construction crew whistled at passersby.
2. To express approval or disapproval of someone or something by whistling: The audience whistled at the performers.
See also: whistle
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Meanwhile, a load of DLT followers ruminate about how the world's gone potty if you can't whistle at a pretty girl these days.
When he blew the whistle at Olympus, several of the company's senior managers led a campaign to suppress details of the fraud before dismissing him, then launched a campaign to discredit him.
They have located the physical source of the teakettle whistle at the spout as steam flows up it, and identified a two-mechanism process of whistle production.
In this article, I will provide an overview of "The Mill Whistle Project" designed to document the mill whistle in Corner Brook, describe the historic functions of the mill whistle at the Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Mill, and identify alternative uses of the whistle over time.
In the early twentieth century, there were two primary functions of a whistle at a paper mill: to mark shift changes and to signal trouble.
The decision whether to deploy the whistle at midnight is made each year by mill management.
Grant Hiscock, who was thirteen at the time, recalled hearing the whistle at the end of World War II: "It blew for a long time, I remember that" (interview: August 1, 2012).
For example, in 1927, the editor advised, "The Mill whistle at Corner Brook will he sounded to announce the hour of eleven, and at two minutes after eleven, a second whistle will announce the close of the brief interval of meditation and reverence" ("Editorial Notes" 1927: 2).
Some male cockroaches whistle at females with surprisingly complex, almost birdlike sounds that vibrate through the ground and the air, researchers find.
He's not allowed to whistle at the house,'' jokes his wife, Margaret, an author and photojournalist.
It fears the gesture reinforces a building site's stereotypical image where a group of male builders will wolf whistle at the sight of women's legs.
Mick Thacker polishes the whistle at the Gallery and, left, it is moved into position.
But he has the whistle at his mouth during that whole scrum in front of the net, it's not like he had to pull it up from his side.
Likewise, when there has been an accident on the motorway and police are trying to avoid further accidents through motorists on the other side having a gawp, they have found it most effective to wave the motorists on and whistle at the same time.