clean as a whistle

Definition of clean as a whistle

informal
:very clean
  • We scrubbed the old boat until it was (as) clean as a whistle.

Word by Word Definitions

clean play
  1. : free from dirt or pollution

  2. : free from contamination or disease

  3. : free or relatively free from radioactivity

  1. : so as to clean

  2. : in a clean manner

  3. : all the way : completely

  1. : to make clean: such as

  2. : to rid of dirt, impurities, or extraneous matter

  3. : to rid of corruption

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

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

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

  3. : 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

  2. : to utter a shrill note or call resembling a whistle

  3. : to make a shrill clear sound especially by rapid movement


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