Definition of (as) clean as a whistle in English:

(as) clean as a whistle

phrase

  • 1Extremely clean or clear.

    • ‘Have your musket clean as a whistle, hatchet scoured, sixty rounds powder and ball, and be ready to march at a minute's warning.’
    • ‘Well no, but its excellent rollaway hood, complete with dinky peak, keeps you dry and clean as a whistle.’
    • ‘The colors are crisp and clear, the picture as clean as a whistle.’
    • ‘An abdominal computerized tomographic scan was clean as a whistle except for a fatty liver, and a gallbladder hepatobiliary scan also was negative.’
    • ‘I noticed that it was brand new and clean as a whistle.’
    • ‘More importantly for our purposes, the all-digital source material transfers to DVD clean as a whistle.’
    • ‘I think some actors probably find it frustrating, because he likes things clean as a whistle, unadorned, and unemotional, generally speaking.’
    • ‘The next morning your kettle will be clean as a whistle.’
    • ‘The production is clean as a whistle and as smooth as a newly varnished coffee table.’
    • ‘After my digestive tract was clean as a whistle, and I looked like an extra from Schindler's List, it was time to get a look inside of me and see what was wrong.’
    • ‘I insisted Jon have a CT scan, a calcium scan, and he came up clean as a whistle.’
    • ‘Technically, Owen Moriarty's playing is as clean as a whistle with tonally strong projection.’
    • ‘This property is clean as a whistle and move in ready.’
    • ‘All recordings have come up as clean as a whistle and the album is a fine memorial to another conductor who was so tragically short lived.’
    • ‘The congreso (the local government) has a traditionally tight grip on the community, and like the other Kuna villages we visited, the place is clean as a whistle, with not a bit of trash in sight.’
    • ‘My music will never sound as well-produced as some techno record that sounds clean as a whistle.’
    sanitary, clean, germ-free, dirt-free, disinfected, sterilized, sterile, antiseptic, aseptic, uninfected, unpolluted, uncontaminated, salubrious, healthy, pure, wholesome
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    1. 1.1informal Free of incriminating evidence.
      ‘the cops raided the warehouse but the place was clean as a whistle’
      • ‘This could result in a situation where you apply for, say, a personal loan, but get turned down for it even though your own credit report is as clean as a whistle.’
      • ‘As far as I can tell, Jeremy Luke's as clean as a whistle.’
      • ‘Especially considering yesterday we thought this was one clean as a whistle kid, and then today we find out there was a very real possibility he was into drugs.’
      • ‘His men have not been averse to the odd mistake or two, but for the most part yesterday - or at least for as long as it mattered - they were as clean as a whistle.’
      • ‘So i arrive at the call and get to work, and what do you know there's a 40 gig hard drive, clean as a whistle.’
      • ‘Even if you're clean as a whistle, you're guilty by association.’
      • ‘He is as clean as a whistle, so darn popular and a Christian to boot.’
      • ‘‘[This] is a blow-by-blow fight… in the trenches of bureaucracy,’ cautions Githongo, who is known to be clean as a whistle.’
      • ‘‘This is as clean as a whistle,’ Welch said in October at a press conference announcing the purchase.’
      • ‘But that does not mean the remainder of the existing commercial loan portfolio is as clean as a whistle.’
      • ‘She's as clean as a whistle, but you, you obviously had something to do with this mess.’
      • ‘One of ITV1's most popular shows, The X Factor, opens its vote lines on Saturday and Sir Michael promised: "We are absolutely confident it will be clean as a whistle as a result of the Deloitte process."’
      • ‘The computer is as clean as a whistle.’
      • ‘If he was clean as a whistle, would they be willing to do this?’
      • ‘Are the other political parties immune to this disease and therefore as clean as a whistle in this regard?’
      • ‘Thereafter Abbey should have a business as clean as a whistle, enabling it to focus on its personal financial services side.’
      • ‘Similarly, those seeking to control crime, and raise consequential consumer confidence, must appear to be clean as a whistle.’
      • ‘British agriculture on the whole is as clean as a whistle, compared to some other parts of Europe.’
      • ‘I'm not saying I was clean as a whistle back then, but I did learn to read music.’
      • ‘Testing on samples from the suspicious cow is continuing but all tests done to date show that ‘she was clean as a whistle’, said the veterinarian.’