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    blow the whistle on

    Could you tell me how you become aware about the two different meaning of the phrase "blow the whistle on"? From the context or so?

    the same is in force for "knocking up my neighbor", which could mean "I knocked on her door", whereas the same somewhere in the world would mean "got her pregnant".

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    Re: blow the whistle on

    In AmE, "blowing the whistle" on someone means to report them for some sort of wrong-doing. For example, I found out that my co-worker was stealing inventory, so I blew the whistle on him.

    Likewise in AmE, "knocking up" someone solely refers to impregnating them. In BrE it can mean that you knocked on their door.

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    Re: blow the whistle on

    Thank you for your concisely explanation Ouisch,
    In a nutshell. I like your briefly and unambiguous figure of speech. There is no place for objection.
    Last edited by vil; 24-Sep-2007 at 12:29.

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