whistle past the graveyard

Definition of whistle past the graveyard

informal

  1. :  to act or talk as if one is relaxed and not afraid when one is actually afraid or nervous He shows a confident manner, but he may just be whistling past the graveyard.

Word by Word Definitions

whistleplay
  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

pastplay
  1. :  ago

    :  just gone or elapsed

    :  having existed or taken place in a period before the present :  bygone

  1. :  beyond the age for or of

    :  after

    :  at the farther side of :  beyond

  1. :  time gone by

    :  something that happened or was done in the past

    :  the past tense of a language

  1. :  so as to reach and go beyond a point near at hand

graveyardplay
  1. :  cemetery

    :  something resembling a graveyard


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