Posted by Smokey Stover on May 30, 2006
In Reply to: WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND posted by ESC on May 30, 2006
: : Dear experts,
: : Could you comment on the expressions WHISTLE AGAINST THE WIND and WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND.
: : Thank you,
: : Yuri
: Discussion on a variation: http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/5/messages/265.html
"To whistle against the wind" is not as popular an expression as I think it once was. If you whistle against the wind the sound will pretty much be lost, and no one will hear you. Hence, you are wasting your breath. It is sometimes used with the implication that your words, your voice, your expressed opinion (that is, your whistling) will be drowned out by the wind (of opinion) coming from those with an opposing point of view. SS