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Whistle down the wind let something go; abandon something, originally meaning to turn a trained hawk loose by casting it off with the wind, instead of against the wind in pursuit of prey.

whistle for a wind traditional practice among sailors; it was believed that whistling would bring a wind during a calm spell, and that refraining from whistling could calm a gale.

See also bells and whistles, blow the whistle on, a sow may whistle at sow 1, whistling.

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