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    Hello.

    as clean as a whistle (informal) very clean

    She left his wallet as clean as a whistle.

    Does this sentence mean "She left his wallet as it was (She didn't touch his wallet)"?

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: as clean as a whistle

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.

    as clean as a whistle (informal) very clean

    She left his wallet as clean as a whistle.

    Does this sentence mean "She left his wallet as it was (She didn't touch his wallet)"?

    Thank you.
    No, in this case it means that she left his wallet empty, completely clean of money.

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    No, in this case it means that she left his wallet empty, completely clean of money.
    Did she steal the money inside the wallet?

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    Default Re: as clean as a whistle

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Did she steal the money inside the wallet?
    She may have, or it may be suggesting that he spent all his money on her.

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