to whistle in the dark

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - whistle in the dark

"to whistle in the dark"

to guess aimlessly;

to speculate as to a fact


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - whistle in the dark

"to whistle in the dark"

to summon up courage in a frightening situation;

to pretend to be brave


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - whistle in the dark

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Well? What is the solution?

Colleague 2:  We could activate Plan A.

Colleague 1:  That is not at all appropriate to this situation.

Colleague 2:  What about Plan B?

Colleague 1:  Again, not even close to a solution.

Colleague 2:  Plan C then.

Colleague 1:  I don't think you have any idea as to a proper solution here. You are just whistling in the dark guessing at anything.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - whistle in the dark

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I am really worried about the outcome of the meeting this afternoon.

Colleague 2:  What is the worst that can happen?

Colleague 1:  I could lose the account which would probably lose me my job.

Colleague 2:  Then you have to confront your fears, act brave and dominate the meeting.

Colleague 1:  I suppose that if I don't actually feel courageous that I can just whistle in the dark and give the impression of confidence.

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to whistle in the dark - Gerund Form:

Whistling in the dark is not the best way to conduct serious business.

Whistling in the dark while in a dangerous situation is often the only to remain calm.

to whistle in the dark - Examples:

1)  ... not a myth. If we don't think about it, or if we whistle in the dark, ...

2)  A whistle in the dark. Does he think this is a real possibility ...

3)  The crooning about FDI in retail is shown as a whistle in the dark as in reality FDI flow has slowed down ...

4)  Because of that fear you whistle in the dark with hopeful articles like this one.

5)  Sole proprietor market makers, much less civilian customers, were forced to whistle in the dark. Now, of course, you can download volatility calculators.

6)  UNM could whistle in the dark the next three seasons, avoiding the $1 million buyout, while hoping the program can maintain viability and ...

7)  Oh, sure, you continue to whistle in the dark, pretending it's not the apocalypse.

8)  Those who whistle in the dark, who fail to acknowledge or who try to appease a monster by hiding in the shadows of darkness tend to get eaten ...

9)  Still, the actress clearly establishes the aunt's abundant wit and whistle-in-the-dark stoicism. 

10)  The pound plunging by 17% is a national disaster, predicted to fall further: only those who supported Brexit whistle in the dark, pretending it's ...

11)  Until such laws are produced, any attempt at cost-benefit analysis is just whistling in the dark.

12)  Some don't want to admit what is happening and go whistling in the dark, clinging to the illusion that things definitively past can be recovered ...

13)  ... operational capacity, you are simply whistling in the dark and praying it is so. The facts speak otherwise. 

14)  The Eurocrats may say so but they are whistling in the dark to keep their spirits up.

15)  To me the upbeat talk sounds desperate, like whistling in the dark.

16)  But why not? Surely even whistling in the dark is better than denial. 

17)  ... comments can be regarded as a case of whistling in the dark to keep up the party's spirits at a time when neither ...

18)  ... buttressed by a lot of "whistling in the dark", the ritualistic repetition of exhausted mantras and similar bravado, ...

19)  ... whose speech was nothing more than the ranting of a brave coward whistling in the dark.

20)  ... it's also a kind of whistling in the dark, an expression of fear in the form of swaggering put down ...