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Princeton's WordNet

  1. whistle blower, whistle-blower, whistleblowernoun

    an informant who exposes wrongdoing within an organization in the hope of stopping it

    "the law gives little protection to whistleblowers who feel the public has a right to know what is going on"; "the whistleblower was fired for exposing the conditions in mental hospitals"


  1. whistle-blowernoun

    One who reports a problem or violation to the authorities; especially, an employee or former employee who reports a violation by an employer.

    We owe it to a small group of brave whistle-blowers that we know about the infractions at all.

  2. Etymology: Probably an allusion to a police officer blowing his or her whistle on observing a violation of the law.


  1. whistle-blower

    A whistleblower (also written as whistle-blower or whistle blower) is a person, often an employee, who reveals information about activity within a private or public organization that is deemed illegal, immoral, illicit, unsafe or fraudulent. Whistleblowers can use a variety of internal or external channels to communicate information or allegations. Over 83% of whistleblowers report internally to a supervisor, human resources, compliance, or a neutral third party within the company, hoping that the company will address and correct the issues. A whistleblower can also bring allegations to light by communicating with external entities, such as the media, government, or law enforcement. Whistleblowing can occur in either the private sector or the public sector. Retaliation is a real risk for whistleblowers, who often pay a heavy price for blowing the whistle. The most common form of retaliation is abrupt termination of employment. However, several other actions may also be considered retaliatory, including extreme increases in workloads, having hours cut drastically, preventing task completion, or bullying. Laws in many countries attempt to protect whistleblowers and to regulate the whistleblowing activities. These laws tend to adopt different approaches to public and private sector whistleblowing. Whistleblowers do not always achieve their aims. For their claims to be credible and successful, they must have compelling evidence to support their claims that the government or regulating body can use or investigate to "prove" such claims and hold corrupt companies and/or government agencies to account.


  1. whistle-blower

    A whistle-blower is a person who exposes any kind of information or activity that is deemed illegal, unethical, or not correct within an organization that they're connected to. The information can typically relate to fraud, corruption, health threats, illegal actions, or other harmful activities. The exposure is often made to the public, the authorities, or other individuals or entities who are in a position to take action.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of whistle-blower in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of whistle-blower in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of whistle-blower in a Sentence

  1. Donald Trump:

    There have been stories written about a certain individual, a male, and they say he's the whistle-blower, if he's The Whistleblower, he has no credibility. Because he's a Brennan guy, he's a Susan Rice guy, he's an Obama guy. And he hates Trump.

  2. John Thavis:

    Vigano presented himself as a whistle blower, but he also had a persecution complex. He saw conspiracy theories all around him.

  3. Phil Roe:

    It is unacceptable that any law-abiding whistle-blower would be punished for bringing the issues within VA to light.

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