whistle in the dark

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whistle in the dark

  1. (colloquial) To make a show of bravery despite one's fears; to put on a brave front.
    • 2011, Norman Davies, Vanished Kingdoms, Penguin 2012, p. 6:
      Those who seriously believe ‘There'll always be an England’ are whistling in the dark.
  2. (idiomatic, US) To speak of something despite having little knowledge of it.

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