whistle-blower

noun whis·tle-blow·er \ ˈhwi-səl-ˌblō-ər , ˈwi- \

Definition of whistle-blower

:one who reveals something covert or who informs against another
  • pledges to protect whistle-blowers who fear reprisals
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whistle-blowing

play \ˈhwi-səl-ˌblō-iŋ, ˈwi-\ noun

First Known Use of whistle-blower

1970


WHISTLE-BLOWER Defined for English Language Learners

whistle-blower

noun

Definition of whistle-blower for English Language Learners

  • : a person who tells police, reporters, etc., about something (such as a crime) that has been kept secret


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whistleblower

noun whis·tle·blow·er \ ˈhwi-səl-ˌblō-ər \

legal Definition of whistleblower

:an employee who brings wrongdoing by an employer or other employees to the attention of a government or law enforcement agency and who is commonly vested by statute with rights and remedies for retaliation — compare qui tam action

whistleblowing

\-iŋ\ noun


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