Definition of whistle in the dark in English:

whistle in the dark


  • Pretend to be unafraid.

    ‘But if past performance is any indication of Turner's entrepreneurial expertise, they may be whistling in the dark.’
    • ‘He was brushed aside as a quaint American naïf whistling in the dark.’
    • ‘I'm probably whistling in the dark, but if Martin Cullen is reading this, or any of those people close to him, perhaps around the Cabinet table some day they might throw out the suggestion I am making to Minister Michael McDowell.’
    • ‘Image wise, observers claim Scott McNealy's whining is whistling in the dark; that he should clam up and get back to business.’
    • ‘When the Pope left in 1979 describing Ireland as ‘semper fidelis’ (always faithful) it seemed to some a sentimental whistling in the dark.’
    • ‘It is time to speak openly about the concerns of its citizens, and stop whistling in the dark and resorting to political niceties.’
    • ‘If so, the ministerial campaign to reverse the decision they announced yesterday may make more sense than it appears to - but you would be whistling in the dark to believe there is much chance of it happening soon.’
    • ‘Indeed, being a comic of South Asian descent is a lot like whistling in the dark - when you confront your fears and whistle in spite of your fears, the fears seem to evaporate.’
    • ‘Although the company outlook says it is seeing signs of recovery in the US and the UK, and is well positioned for an upturn, this sounds like whistling in the dark.’
    • ‘And with Christie dodging everyone, and whistling in the dark to scare away the bogeymen dogging him, we can't expect much.’
    • ‘To put together five-year spending plans in such an environment and to make projections on income over the period is whistling in the dark.’
    • ‘This is not because they are whistling in the dark to keep their spirits up, but because, if they show signs of gloom, the world will take that as a cue to plunge into depression.’
    • ‘Europe needs better leaders: if this optimism feels like whistling in the dark, well, Brown remains a pretty dark horse.’
    • ‘Nobody knows what it will look like ten years from now, and anyone who claims to is just whistling in the dark.’
    • ‘You are whistling in the dark if you think the US economy is on the up and up.’
    • ‘I suppose all this fitness and training is a whistle in the dark; it's an attempt to stay alive for ever.’
    • ‘Much of this is just fake innocence and whistling in the dark, for it is impossible honestly to believe that chronic unemployment is in no way the ‘model's’ fault.’
    • ‘For now, that sounds like whistling in the dark.’
    • ‘Under these conditions, any prediction that the global economy is insulated from an Argentine-Brazilian collapse amounts to whistling in the dark.’
    • ‘It is not just a survival technique for whistling in the dark to keep our spirits up, but it is an encounter with the reality within which we live.’