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A shrill whistle expressing disapproval of a public performance, for instance in the theatre or at the sporting arena. It is acceptable to express such disapproval in large crowds watching team sports, or some individual sports such as boxing; but not around the tennis court or on the golf course, unless a player is perceived to have exhibited a form of bad sportsmanship. The catcall, like other forms of verbalized disapproval such as booing, is a part of the dynamic of sporting performance culture; where sporting etiquette deems it unacceptable, this can be traced to class origins and a more refined model of sporting conduct.

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