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LibArtie December 4th, 2017 3:39am

Why is there an expression “clean as a whistle?” Are whistles particularly clean?

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AndrewT25 The Colony
12/04/17 9:20 am

My whistles are anyways

catpillow Florida West Coast
12/03/17 10:02 pm

This one doesn’t have clear origins. One suggestion was that a whistle must be clean and dry in order to make its sound. Other suggestions refer to the whistling sound a sword makes when beheading someone, or just the clean clear sound of a whistle.

Another suggestion was that that brass whistles on trains were always kept clean and shiny.

I rather like the last suggestion.

voc I am...what I am
12/03/17 9:19 pm

Depends on what part of the body you use to blow it.

snagglepuss Story Time
12/03/17 8:52 pm

I think it refers to the pure, clean sound it makes.