One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Let something go; abandon something.
- ‘Don't let the little ones near it unless you can afford to whistle it down the wind.’
- 1.1 Turn a trained hawk loose by casting it off with the wind.
- ‘A falcon born and raised as a hunting bird can be whistled down the wind and return to the wild as if it had been there all its life.’
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