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Meaning of "wet one's whistle" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF WET ONE'S WHISTLE

wet one's whistle play
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WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE WET ONE'S WHISTLE

wet AMD
wet bar
wet behind the ears
wet blanket
wet cell
wet chinook
wet dock
wet dream
wet fish
wet fly
wet look
wet nurse
wet pack
wet room
wet rot
wet shave
wet steam
wet suit
wet wipe
wet-and-dry-bulb thermometer

WORDS THAT END LIKE WET ONE'S WHISTLE

Birtwistle
blow the whistle
bristle
Canada thistle
castle
dog-whistle
epistle
final whistle
gristle
istle
milk thistle
Order of the Thistle
penny whistle
star thistle
steam whistle
the Thistle
thistle
tin whistle
whistle
wolf whistle
wolf-whistle

Synonyms and antonyms of wet one's whistle in the English dictionary of synonyms

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Translation of «wet one's whistle» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF WET ONE'S WHISTLE

Find out the translation of wet one's whistle to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of wet one's whistle from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «wet one's whistle» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

湿人的哨子
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

el silbido de una húmeda
570 millions of speakers

English

wet one´s whistle
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

गीला एक सीटी
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

صافرة واحدة الرطب و
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

мокрой в свисток
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

apito de um molhada
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ভিজা এক এর চাবুক
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

coup de sifflet de l´un humide
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Peluit basah
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

nass Pfiff
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

濡れた自分の笛
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

젖은 하나 의 기적
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Singsot siji udan
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

tiếng còi ướt của một người
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

ஈரமான ஒரு விசில்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

ओले च्या शीळ घालणे
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Islak birini ıslık
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

di uno bagnato fischio
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

mokry czyjś gwizdek
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

мокрою в свисток
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

fluier unul umed de
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

σφυρίχτρα υγρό κάποιου
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

nat ´n mens se fluitjie
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

våt vissla
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

våt en fløyte
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of wet one's whistle

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «WET ONE'S WHISTLE»

The term «wet one's whistle» is normally little used and occupies the 134.896 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «WET ONE'S WHISTLE» OVER TIME

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «WET ONE'S WHISTLE»

Discover the use of wet one's whistle in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to wet one's whistle and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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The Modern Anglo-Bengali Dictionary:
The mouth or throat ; as, to wet one's -whistle ; ( tS'SBWS ) ^t, <>1*!1 I 6. A sound made by the wind, or by a body passing rapidly through the air ; PTt C^l "Hf i 7. A pipe or flute ; ^|t*il, ^^t I -tling n. Penny-whistle— 55 Whistling eagle- If7! i At ...
Charuchandra Guha, 2007
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A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English
See General Wetherall wet (one's) whistle. See whistle, 1. wetness. A foolish, hence dangerous, sentimentality: since ca. 1930. (Sir Edward Playfair cites The Times, 29 Sep. 1977.) Ex wet, adj., 6~8. wets roster. 'The list of those whose turn it is ...
Eric Partridge, 2006
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English-Albanian Dictionary of Idioms
weigh in (with) wet one's whistle altogether weighed down by all the extra work they're pushing on him. weigh in (with) nderhyj me force me □ At that point, the chairman weighed in with a strong defence of company policy. weigh one's words ...
Ilo Stefanllari, 2000
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The Chambers Dictionary
... bought at an exorbitant price); pigs and whistles see pig1; wet one's whistle ( colloq) to take an alcoholic drink: whistle away see whistle off; whistle down the wind (from the practice of casting a hawk off down the wind when turning it loose) to ...
Allied Chambers, 1998
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Using Spanish Synonyms
wateh ovcr, to cuidar/ocuparse wet, to mojar watehman guardián wet one's whistle, to beber watehman, night guardián whacked cansado water bottle botella whacking great enorme water, streteh of lago what is more también water, to mojar ...
Ronald Ernest Batchelor, 1994
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Early American Proverbs and Proverbial Phrases
Why W134 To wet one's Whistle 1723 New-England Courant 87 (1.1): For having lately wet my Whistle With generous Wine. 1793 JMacdonell in Gates Five Fur Traders 101: It being customary ... to wet the whistle of every Indian they met.
Bartlett Jere Whiting, 1977
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American English Idiomatic Expressions in 52 Weeks: An Easy ...
... 402 weigh on/upon (EMO) 407 weigh one's words (COMM) 406 well and good (SAT) 402 well heeled (MON) 401 well off (MON) 401 well to do (MON) 401 wet behind the ears (PER) 401 wet blanket (PER) 401 wet one's whistle (HEAL) 392  ...
John Holleman, 2006
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Slang Dictionaries
... to borrow money—generally small sums—as, “He whispered me for atanner.” Whisperer, aconstant borrower. Whistle, “as clean as a whistle,” neatly, or “slickly done,” as an American would say; “To whet (or more vulgarly wet) one's whistle,”  ...
John Camden Hotten, Francis Grose, Ambrose Bierce, 2014
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The Routledge Portuguese Bilingual Dictionary (Revised 2014 ...
... to wet one's whistle, drink; algum ~ lhe mordeu something has upset you/him/ her; (BR) virar ~ to turn nasty, get angry. bicho-careta m inv (pessoa vulgar) ordinary person; a nobody. bicho-carpinteiro m woodworm; bichos-carpinteiros to be ...
Maria F. Allen, 2011
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The Dialect of Craven, in the West-Riding of the County of ...
It is never used in this sense except in the phrase to " wet one's whistle," to take a draught of liquor. It is a corruption of weesle, an old term for the weeasand or windpipe. Dr. Johnson, however, takes no notice of this very probable corruption.
William Carr, 1828

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «WET ONE'S WHISTLE»

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REVIEW: Wytheville's Wohlfahrt Haus is Rocking and Rolling
As usual the food is excellent and plentiful and the drinks, both soft and otherwise, are sure to wet one's whistle to facilitate a bit of singing along if you're so ... «Bristol Herald Courier, Jul 15»
2
Pedal Powered Pub Crawl
... and with the ever-growing number of restaurants and bars, there are numerous places to wet one's whistle or grab a bite to eat. Parking can be challenging, ... «Columbiametro, Jun 15»
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Reliving the Steveston Hotel
One may expect that the change will conform to a Steveston village that's in the ... the only place to wet one's whistle in Richmond until the Skyline pub opened in ... «Richmond News, Jun 15»
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Know your English — What is the meaning of 'wet one's whistle'?
*At the end of the day, we meet, discuss politics and wet our whistles/beaks. According to some scholars, the word 'whistle' in the idiom refers to ones' mouth ... «The Hindu, Mar 15»
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United Announces Tasty Reboot to Newark International Airport …
Other areas to wet one's whistle will include Kevin Pemoulie's Oeno, a wine bar, and Dale Talde's Caps Beer Garden, "offering an expansive selection of draft ... «ABC News, Nov 14»
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Los Alamos Beer Co-Op Seeks 300 Member-Owners in Order to Open
Besides being the newest place to wet one's whistle, the LABC expects the new brewery to boost Los Alamos' economy. “Breweries have been shown to be ... «Brewbound.com, Oct 14»
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Virginia Craft Brewers Fest at Devils Backbone lures beer …
The days of having only mass-produced beer with which to wet one's whistle are gone. These are times when small-batch offerings of ales, lagers, porters, stouts ... «The Daily Progress, Aug 14»
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Wordplay | Barely Enough to Wet One's Whistle
WEDNESDAY'S PUZZLE — Just as I love a book or film that holds its secrets until close to the end, so do I love a crossword puzzle that does the same thing. «New York Times, May 14»
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In the Know: 2 new watering holes open in North Naples area
Two new local meetup places opened within the last week, increasing options for where one can wet one's whistle and much more in the North Naples area. «Naples Daily News, Apr 14»
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It's Hogmanay at Hutchison House
One of Peterborough's special places is Hutchison House on Brock St. It was the ... new and old, but there is also tea, coffee and lemonade to wet one's whistle. «Peterborough Examiner, Dec 13»

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