whistle for


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whistle for someone or something

to summon someone or something by whistling. I stood on the corner and whistled for a cab, but they all ignored me. I whistled for the dog, but it did not appear.
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whistle for

Ask for or expect without any prospect of success, as in If you want a cash refund, you can just whistle for it. [Mid-1700s]
See also: whistle

whistle for

v.
To summon someone or something by whistling: I whistled for my dog.
See also: whistle
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It is clear that the use of the mill whistle for memorialization or commemoration is a fluid tradition and that variation has marked the practice through time.
To be fair to football arbiters, kettles, and those blokes who stand on train platforms telling the driver it is safe to leave, they whistle for very good reasons.
In 2004, I was invited to whistle for New York Gov.
Perhaps people today don't use a special whistle for their children.
Their claim to fame came when the "Metropolitan" whistle was officially adopted as standard issue for the London Bobby in 1883, while the "Thunderer" became the world's leading pea whistle for referees when it was launched the following year.
Elk Whistle and Robert Een: No, Elk Whistle is not a whistle for calling deer.
That is why we are very excited to be partnering with The Whistle for this project.
A RETIRED engineer has sounded the whistle for success after beating hundreds of contenders to win a competition.