Where Does the Saying Clean as a Whistle Come from?

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The saying 'clean as a whistle' means to be as smooth and clean as a clear-toned whistle, meaning that the person or item has no imperfections or is not guilty. The origin of the saying is not really known, though it appeared in a number of writings from the 18th century.
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Scottish poet Robert Burns in his Author's Earnest Cry, 1786
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Some says - one possibility is that the old simile describes the whistling sound of a sword as it swishes through the air to decapitate someone, and an early 19th century quotation
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Whistling, Whoo Hoo Song. While technically the "whistle" in the beginning is keyboard synth, the song is Dire Straits "Walk of Life"
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CLEAN AS A WHISTLE - "One possibility is that the old simile describes the whistling sound of a sword as it swishes through the air to decapitate someone, and an early 19th century
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The phrase may have originated in the 1800's, and may have come from "clear as a whistle,' which referred to the almost completely pure sound that a whistle ...
The phrase may have originated in the 1800's, and may have come from "clear as a whistle,' which referred to the almost completely pure sound that a whistle ...
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