Definition of whistle-blower in English:


(also whistleblower)


  • A person who informs on a person or organization engaged in an illicit activity.

    • ‘Sherron Watkins is the woman that brought the Enron scandal to light, but would-be whistle-blowers in the federal government can't seem to get their complaints heard.’
    • ‘Instead of being lauded as a whistle-blower, he was impugned as a criminal.’
    • ‘They're trying to put in measures to help whistle-blowers point out wrongdoing at the United Nations without losing their job.’
    • ‘He indicated his information came from FDA whistle-blowers.’
    • ‘‘However, our success rate will increase dramatically if courageous whistle-blowers continue to ensure that all culprits are reported,’ he said.’
    • ‘The real whistle-blowers and heroes here are those who understood this point and got word via the press to the American public.’
    • ‘Meet the new target for whistle-blowers and conspiracy theorists: big business.’
    • ‘If the chief executive officer or financial director are corrupt, it is extremely difficult to flush out the liars and cheats, unless there is a whistle-blower.’
    • ‘In many cases, the killed journalists were well-known whistle-blowers whose public exposis of graft, corruption and other wrong doings embarrassed powerful people.’
    • ‘Nurses also may not report other nurses for fear of being perceived as snitches or labeled as whistle-blowers.’
    • ‘But we would also urge whistle-blowers, and those with knowledge of corrupt practices, to forward their complaints to the Office of the Ombudsman.’
    • ‘They appear to be whistle-blowers calling attention to governmental wrongdoing, and, though speaking anonymously, have little in common with the officials who fill the sails of the press corps with their wind.’
    • ‘Tayside Police admit the whistle-blower's inside knowledge shows he has to be a high-ranking officer - at least an inspector and probably a superintendent.’
    • ‘They received information from a whistle-blower, reported the story, and protected their source.’
    • ‘However, our dilemma is compounded by a peculiar trait of our society; far too many people despise whistle-blowers, as much or more than persons who commit crimes.’
    • ‘Scheme auditors and actuaries will have to act as whistle-blowers and tell Opra if they think something is wrong.’
    • ‘The point of protecting whistle-blowers is to protect them from recrimination.’
    • ‘And that the real heroes, as Time magazine suggested a couple of years ago with its ‘People of the Year’ issue, are the so-called whistle-blowers.’
    • ‘It is important for governments to take a firm stand against corruption and to protect both whistle-blowers and the media that report on corrupt practices in government.’
    • ‘Concern that doctors and other health workers were too afraid to blow the whistle on colleagues led to the setting-up of a new early warning system designed to enshrine the rights of whistle-blowers.’
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/ˈ(h)wisəl ˌblō(ə)r/