blow the whistle on sb/sth

blow the whistle on sb/sth
blow the whistle (on sb/sth)
to tell someone in authority about something harmful or illegal that someone is doing: »

If two of the firm's employees hadn't blown the whistle, the scandal would never have become known.

Main Entry: blow

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • blow the whistle on something — blow the whistle (on someone/​something) informal phrase to tell someone in authority that someone is doing something dishonest or illegal A former employee blew the whistle on corrupt practices within the company. Thesaurus: giving information… …   Useful english dictionary

  • blow the whistle on sth — blow the whistle (on sb/sth) ► to tell someone in authority about something harmful or illegal that someone is doing: » If two of the firm s employees hadn t blown the whistle, the scandal would never have become known. Main Entry: ↑blow …   Financial and business terms

  • blow the whistle — (on sb/sth) ► to tell someone in authority about something harmful or illegal that someone is doing: » If two of the firm s employees hadn t blown the whistle, the scandal would never have become known. Main Entry: ↑blow …   Financial and business terms

  • blow the whistle on sb — blow the whistle (on sb/sth) ► to tell someone in authority about something harmful or illegal that someone is doing: » If two of the firm s employees hadn t blown the whistle, the scandal would never have become known. Main Entry: ↑blow …   Financial and business terms

  • blow the whistle on somebody — blow the ˈwhistle on sb/sth idiom (informal) to tell sb in authority about sth wrong or illegal that sb is doing Main entry: ↑blowidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • blow — [bləʊ ǁ bloʊ] verb blew PASTTENSE [bluː] blown PASTPART [bləʊn ǁ bloʊn] [transitive] 1. informal if you blow money on something, you spend a lot of money on it, often money that you cannot afford: • He blew his wages on a new stereo …   Financial and business terms

  • blow — blow1 W3S2 [bləu US blou] v past tense blew [blu:] past participle blown [ US bloun] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(wind moving)¦ 2¦(wind moving something)¦ 3¦(air from your mouth)¦ 4¦(make a noise)¦ 5¦(violence)¦ 6¦(lose an opportunity)¦ 7¦(waste money)¦ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • blow*/*/ — [bləʊ] (past tense blew [bluː] ; past participle blown [bləʊn] ) verb I 1) if wind or air blows, the air moves A strong wind was blowing across the island.[/ex] 2) [I/T] if something blows somewhere, or if it is blown somewhere, the wind moves it …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • blow — 1 past tense blew, past participle blown verb 1 (I) WIND MOVING if the wind or a current of air blows, it moves: A cold breeze was blowing. 2 WIND MOVING STH (intransitive usually + adv/prep, transitive) to move something, or to be moved, by the… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • whistle — whis|tle1 [ˈwısəl] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(high sound)¦ 2¦(use a whistle)¦ 3¦(go/move fast)¦ 4¦(steam train/kettle)¦ 5¦(bird)¦ 6 be whistling in the dark 7 somebody can whistle for something ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1.) ¦(HIGH SOUND)¦ [I and T] to make a high or musical… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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