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whistle-blower

[hwis-uh l-bloh-er, wis-] /ˈʰwɪs əlˌbloʊ ər, ˈwɪs-/
noun
1.
a person who informs on another or makes public disclosure of corruption or wrongdoing.
Also, whistle blower.
Origin
1965-1970
1965-70
Related forms
whistle-blowing, noun
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Examples from the web for whistleblower
  • Some of the journalists might not want to be a whistleblower, to expose the truth, if their personal safety is at stake.
  • She rose to office only after becoming a whistleblower against oil companies.
  • whistleblower lost bonus as bosses plotted his firing.
British Dictionary definitions for whistleblower

whistle-blower

noun
1.
(informal) a person who informs on someone or puts a stop to something
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Word Origin and History for whistleblower
n.

in the figurative sense, by 1970, American English, from whistle (as something sounded in an alert) + agent noun from blow (v.1). Earlier in U.S. sports slang sense "referee."

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