whistle in the dark


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whistle in the dark

Fig. to guess aimlessly; to speculate as to a fact. Am I close, or am I just whistling in the dark? She was whistling in the dark. She has no idea of what's going on.
See also: dark, whistle

whistle in the dark

Summon up courage in a frightening situation, make a show of bravery. For example, They knew they were lost and were just whistling in the dark. This expression alludes to a literal attempt to keep up one's courage. [First half of 1900s]
See also: dark, whistle

whistle in the dark

pretend to be confident or unafraid.
1996 Bernard Connolly The Rotten Heart of Europe Swedish authorities had, whistling in the dark, spoken of ERM ‘association’—but nothing had come of it.
See also: dark, whistle

whistle in the ˈdark

try not to show that you are afraid, are in danger, etc: He seems confident we’ll get the money we need, but I think he’s just whistling in the dark.
See also: dark, whistle

whistle in the dark

in. to guess aimlessly; to speculate as to a fact. She was whistling in the dark. She has no idea of what’s going on.
See also: dark, whistle

whistle in the dark

To attempt to keep one's courage up.
See also: dark, whistle