One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Have a drink.‘they meet ostensibly to discuss politics, but also to wet their whistles with brandy and soda’
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- ‘Allowing film buffs to wet their whistle while they watch is one small step along the road to York's cherished goal: civilised drinking.’
- ‘Well, how about keeping me company while I wet my whistle?’
- ‘A heat wave has descended on Central Europe, so I decide to wet my whistle with a drink in the Westec Saloon, hoping, as I've been promised, that I'll hear some good live music.’
- ‘Only too happy to wet his whistle, he had two cases dispatched to his London offices yesterday.’
- ‘Office workers at Monks Cross who are hoping to wet their whistle after work are going to be waiting for a long time - as a bar or restaurant is not planned for the site for over 18 months.’
- ‘Emergency service workers struggle to make due under budgetary constraints set by a premier more interested in wetting his whistle than his forests.’
- ‘Because beer drinking is popular, to say the least, there are hundreds of bier halles and biergartens where you can wet your whistle.’
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