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clean as a whistle

Definition of clean as a whistle


  1. :  very clean <We scrubbed the old boat until it was (as) clean as a whistle.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  free from dirt or pollution

    :  free from contamination or disease

    :  free or relatively free from radioactivity

  1. :  so as to clean

    :  in a clean manner

    :  all the way :  completely

  1. :  to make clean: as

    :  to rid of dirt, impurities, or extraneous matter

    :  to rid of corruption

  1. :  an act of cleaning dirt especially from the surface of something

  1. :  a small wind instrument in which sound is produced by the forcible passage of breath through a slit in a short tube

    :  a device through which air or steam is forced into a cavity or against a thin edge to produce a loud sound

    :  a shrill clear sound produced by forcing breath out or air in through the puckered lips

  1. :  to utter a shrill clear sound by blowing or drawing air through the puckered lips

    :  to utter a shrill note or call resembling a whistle

    :  to make a shrill clear sound especially by rapid movement

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of a yellow-green or bluish-gray color

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