whistle at (someone or something)

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whistle at (someone or something)

1. To express one's desire for someone or something by making a loud whistling sound. Considered rude or lewd if done toward a person. There's a group of men who sit on their porches and whistle at me everyday when I walk to work. I stopped and whistled at my friend's fancy new sports car.
2. To express one's enthusiastic approval or appreciation of someone or something by whistling loudly or wildly. Everyone in the audience was whistling at the band after the superb concert. We all applauded and whistled at the announcement of the winner.
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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.
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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.
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Our buyers know what they want and the general feeling is that women won't stand for being whistled at by builders."
Mr Goad said the general feeling was women wouldn't stand for being whistled at by builders and men found it insulting when their loved ones were whistled.
Though all whistling isn't an expression of joy - Monroe whistling great Mitch Hider has whistled at funerals - much of it suggests a certain optimism.
I also have whistled at the world-famous Cotton Club in Harlem with its big band and at Ashford & Simpson's nightclub, The Sugar Bar.
Lynne Carr, director of the city's Cube Housing Association, said: "I don't get wolf whistled at any more, so it is not a problem for me.