blow the whistle on
   to make public a taboo or questionable activity of another
   The action of the referee who thus stops play after a foul:
    He was a number one hitman for the Cosa Nostra and he blew the whistle on them. (Diehl, 1978)
   See also whistleblower.

How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms. . 2014.

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  • blow the whistle on — (someone/something) to tell someone in authority about something bad that is happening so that it can be stopped. He was dismissed when he tried to blow the whistle on the safety problems at the factory. The kids are encouraged to blow the… …   New idioms dictionary

  • blow the whistle on — (informal) 1. To inform on (a person) 2. To expose (an illegal practice, etc) • • • Main Entry: ↑blow * * * I see whistle II informal bring an illicit activity to an end by info …   Useful english dictionary

  • blow the whistle on — blow the whistle (on (someone/something)) to show to the public dangerous conditions or illegal activities. I knew my company was polluting the water, but I was afraid I would lose my job if I blew the whistle on it. Usage notes: usually… …   New idioms dictionary

  • blow the whistle on — ► blow the whistle on informal bring (an illicit activity) to an end by informing on the person responsible. Main Entry: ↑whistle …   English terms dictionary

  • blow the whistle on — {v. phr.}, {slang} 1. To inform against; betray. * /The police caught one of the bank robbers, and he blew the whistle on two more./ 2. To act against, stop, or tell people the secrets of (crime or lawlessness). * /The mayor blew the whistle on… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • blow the whistle on — {v. phr.}, {slang} 1. To inform against; betray. * /The police caught one of the bank robbers, and he blew the whistle on two more./ 2. To act against, stop, or tell people the secrets of (crime or lawlessness). * /The mayor blew the whistle on… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • blow\ the\ whistle\ on — v. phr. slang 1. To inform against; betray. The police caught one of the bank robbers, and he blew the whistle on two more. 2. To act against, stop, or tell people the secrets of (crime or lawlessness). The mayor blew the whistle on gambling. The …   Словарь американских идиом

  • blow the whistle on — informal bring (an illicit activity) to an end by informing on the person responsible. → whistle …   English new terms dictionary

  • blow the whistle on — v. tell on, inform on …   English contemporary dictionary

  • blow the whistle on — Vrb phrs. To inform on …   English slang and colloquialisms

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