to blow the whistle on

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - blow the whistle on

"to blow the whistle on"

to publicly expose corruption, wrongdoing or wrongdoers


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - blow the whistle on

"to blow the whistle on"

to bring a stop to;

to halt


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - blow the whistle on

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  How was your business trip with the boss?

Colleague 2:  It was successful but I learned something I would rather not know.

Colleague 1:  What's that?

Colleague 2:  The boss cheats on his expense account.

Colleague 1:  Are you going to blow the whistle on him?

Colleague 2:  I don't know. If I tell his boss about what is going on, there will be all sorts of trouble and I could lose my job.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - blow the whistle on

A couple are talking ...

Wife:  My hours were cut back at work by almost half. That means I will be bringing home far less money.

Husband:  Then we will have to blow the whistle on any unnecessary expenditures.

Wife:  So no more eating out or new shoes?

Husband:  Sorry. We are simply going to have to stop spending money except for the essentials.

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to blow the whistle on - Gerund Form:

Blowing the whistle on your boss's wrongdoing will cause a lot of trouble.

Blowing the whistle on a faulty production line, until the fault is identified, is a good idea.

to blow the whistle on - Examples:

1)  ... except civil servants have the capacity -- and the willingness -- to blow the whistle on a cabinet minister's ethical transgressions? 

2)  They are all American heroes who are risking their careers and livelihoods to blow the whistle on this sham.

3)  Would you blow the whistle on someone who cheats on their expense accounts?

4)  We need to ask, do people feel safe to blow the whistle on wrongdoing? If not, we need to change things.

5)  ... complaining loudly that the existing reporting system -- which requires exploited interns to blow the whistle on their own employer -- was fatally flawed.

6)  ... have found the case extremely disturbing. I would expect any officer to blow the whistle on behaviour like that and I am very pleased she did.

7)  The Sun has linked up with the Financial Services Authority to blow the whistle on bankers misleading customers -- or bullying staff into selling at all costs.

8)  ... one of a small band of employees and executives seeking to blow the whistle on what they see as unprofessional, immoral and even potentially criminal activity by powerful ...

9)  ... the goal of giving managers and others within the organisation an opportunity to blow the whistle on fraudulent activities.

10)  ... that they are willing to stand up for the rights of individuals to blow the whistle on corruption and crime.

11)  ... officials blew the whistle on the alleged fraud in 1995 after discovering numerous unauthorised bank accounts in the name ...

12)  Imagine if big tobacco had a bill like this in place before someone blew the whistle on nicotine?

13)  ... employees who blew the whistle on alleged mismanagement and made claims about a bullying culture has thrown the spotlight on ...

14)  It was missionaries who blew the whistle on the atrocities of Leopold and his henchmen in the Congo Free State.

15)  My former boss (clinician) blew the whistle on Vioxx and was ostracised for many years (and is finally lauded).

16)  ... who became a national hero five years ago for blowing the whistle on Beijing's cover-up of SARS, ...

17)  ... and morally courageous people are routinely forced to fight for their survival after blowing the whistle on corruption and/or abuse?

18)  ... and can do more harm than good for those blowing the whistle on governmental malfeasance.

19)  ... to dismiss an employee who is unwilling to accept substandard working conditions or blowing the whistle on inappropriate work practices, for example?

20)  The person who asserts their right not to be bullied is often blowing the whistle on another's incompetence (which the bullying is intended to hide).