whistle-blower UK US (also whistleblower) noun [C] WORKPLACE
a person who works for a company or organization that tells an authority about something illegal happening within the company or organization: »

Within many organisations a whistleblower is contemptuously regarded as a 'grass' or 'sneak'.

whistle-blowing noun [U]

Local authorities should have clear procedures to encourage staff whistleblowing.

See also GAGGING CLAUSE(Cf. ↑gagging clause)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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