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New UEFA rules could blow the whistle on this

Postby Nila » Mon May 04, 2015 3:11 pm

I am trying to guess if this idiom have a meaning similar to "stop something" or "to make ilegal".

I think it could be "to stop something".

Some of the crowd try to put the black players off their game with racist chants such as monkey noises. However, new UEFA rules could blow the whistle on this.

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Re: New UEFA rules could blow the whistles on this

Postby Pesta » Mon May 04, 2015 3:41 pm

Nila wrote:I am trying to guess if this idiom have a meaning similar to "stop something" or "to make ilegal".

I think it could be "to stop something".

Some of the crowd try to put the black players off their game with racist chants such as monkey noises. However, new UEFA rules could blow the whistle on this.

This comes from a team sports analogy. In team sports where there is a referee, such as basketball or American football, the coach will "blow the whistle" literally, with a real whistle, when he sees a player breaking a rule.

In other contexts, the idea is that a person who blows the whistle is revealing somebody's wrong behavior or even a crime.

People who blow the whistle are sometimes referred to as "whistleblowers", and yet their efforts are often not rewarded. It's so bad that there is a government agency to protect whistleblowers: Whistleblower Protection Program

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Re: New UEFA rules could blow the whistles on this

Postby Nila » Mon May 04, 2015 4:05 pm

Yes, but the exercise asks me to guess if the meaning is "to stop" or "to make ilegal"
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Re: New UEFA rules could blow the whistle on this

Postby saffron » Mon May 04, 2015 4:19 pm

I see Pesta has replied. Amend your heading to delete the s from whistle.
Generally in the work place it is someone who reports wrong doing - a whistleblower.
Here it is effectively saying it will stop because in football the referee blows the whistle to end the game or when he has seen a rule being broken eg to give someone a card or send someone off or award a penalty. So referees will report the crowd trouble to UEFA and the clubs will be punished.
Eg they are saying the referees will stop it because when a referee blows his whistle the game stops until he starts it again.

The best answer is the referees will stop it but it could also be illegal as it will be against the rules of the game.
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Re: New UEFA rules could blow the whistles on this

Postby Nila » Mon May 04, 2015 4:23 pm

Whistlebowers = ¿delatores? ¿chivatos?

Who are that type of people who inform about bad things?. I cannot guess the exact meaning or the function of that people.
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Re: New UEFA rules could blow the whistle on this

Postby saffron » Mon May 04, 2015 4:33 pm

We usually use the term 'whistleblowers' for people who report serious wrongs at their workplace. If their boss ignores the warning they often go to a reporter. In the UK it is often something that is happening in a hospital or a care home.
As Pesta says they can often be victimised so the law is supposed to protect them.

In a football match the referee controls what goes on, on the pitch. Sometimes players complain to the referee when the crowd make racist comments and the referee can stop the game and take the players off. The clubs employ stewards to keep control of the crowd. In the UK the Football Association can punish clubs for the behaviour of the fans. At the end of each match the referee writes a report on what has happened good and bad
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Re: New UEFA rules could blow the whistle on this

Postby Heidita » Mon May 04, 2015 4:39 pm

So, what do you think, pesta and saff?

I am guessing in this context it means to stop it...make illegal doesn't sound correct, so I would say: stop it-
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Re: New UEFA rules could blow the whistle on this

Postby Pesta » Mon May 04, 2015 8:00 pm

Yes, at root, "blow the whistle" on something, is to try to stop it. Usually it stops the action, but it's not guaranteed. At times, corruption is so deeply rooted that the problem is covered up, not stopped, and the whistleblower is shut up or punished.

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Re: New UEFA rules could blow the whistle on this

Postby lorenzo » Mon May 04, 2015 9:20 pm

"Blow the whistle on" means "dar tarjeta roja a algo".
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Re: New UEFA rules could blow the whistle on this

Postby Nila » Tue May 05, 2015 3:01 am

Pesta wrote:Yes, at root, "blow the whistle" on something, is to try to stop it. Usually it stops the action, but it's not guaranteed. At times, corruption is so deeply rooted that the problem is covered up, not stopped, and the whistleblower is shut up or punished.


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Re: New UEFA rules could blow the whistle on this

Postby saffron » Tue May 05, 2015 3:05 am

As I said in earlier answers, in the context of football the ref blows the whistle to stop something.
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Re: New UEFA rules could blow the whistle on this

Postby Billygoat » Tue May 05, 2015 3:20 am

You know what Nila, I feel a little sorry for people who are tested on these type of exercises. To me they are very ambiguous and not condusive to effective learning. I prefer to keep things simple (probably because I'm a bit thick lol).

In the context of you are talking about, it means - to put a stop to it. (as others have said, synoymous with the referree blowing the whistle to end the game).

However, to 'blow the whistle on something' or be a 'whistle blower' isn't as clear, or black and white, as this in other contexts - as have been explained earlier.
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Re: New UEFA rules could blow the whistle on this

Postby Patch » Tue May 05, 2015 3:40 am

To my mind "To blow the whistle on someone/something" means making a loud noise (figuratively). This will alert the "authorities" Another example...

"If you don't stop stealing I will blow the whistle on you!" (I will tell the police/your boss/your parents/friends)

We don't know who the "authorities" are or what they will do

My guess would be "they stop it"

I agree with Billygoat - not a good question
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Re: New UEFA rules could blow the whistles on this

Postby Pesta » Tue May 05, 2015 7:16 am

Nila wrote:Who are that type of people who inform about bad things?. I cannot guess the exact meaning or the function of that people.

Here is a list of famous whistleblowers over the years.

One of the most recent, perhaps you've heard of him, is Edward Snowden, formerly of the NSA (National Security Administration). Although his actions are criminally punishable, he did uncover a substantial amount of wrongdoing by many officials in the US government and some foreign governments. Many believe that he ought to be regarded as a hero. Of course, those that want to punish him most severely are the ones whose own crimes were exposed. Within this conflict of interest, so far, nobody has gotten punished for anything. It continues to be an embarrassment, as I see it.
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Re: New UEFA rules could blow the whistle on this

Postby Heidita » Wed May 06, 2015 5:47 pm

Interesting thread. I also think it is to stop something.

Lorenzo, "poner tarjeta roja" is to kick somebody out.
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