Bowdler rides again
Posted by Linden on August 03, 1998 at 23:05:13:
In response to Whistle Down the Wind, written by SuzanneR on August 02, 1998 at 13:08:50
] After I wrote my response, I did what I should've done initially: looked it up in Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. Here's what it says:
] To whistle down the wind: to abandon; to talk or argue purposelessly. From the releasing of a HAWK down wind.
I've always thought the expression is a bowdlerised version of the expression "pissing down the wind" - futile, and likely to rebound on you.
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