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Idioms

clean as a whistle

This page is about the idiom clean as a whistle

Meaning

If something is as clean as a whistle, it's extremely clean, or for a person it can mean they have a perfect record and have never done anything illegal.

For example

  • A political party will make sure a member's background is as clean as a whistle before letting them run for office.

  • Everything in a hospital should be as clean as a whistle.

Quick Quiz

The school thought their new teacher's record was as clean as a whistle because he hadn't told them about

a. his arrest for drunk driving

b. his dirty bathroom

c. his cheating at cards
a) his arrest for drunk driving b) his dirty bathroom c) his cheating at cards

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Contributor: Matt Errey