factory whistle

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a whistle at a factory that is sounded to announce times for starting or stopping work

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The factory whistle had sounded minutes ago and the sewing machines were already whirring.
No way, although cautious optimism is on the rise, even though tropical depressions continue to roll off the western coast of Africa, much like a factory assembly line, until the long-awaited factory whistle signals 'the end of the shift' come November 30.
The factory whistle carried low, just above ground level, howling every morning on a single note capable of expressing only the immensity of the darkness that flowed down the ravine of Factory Street through all the hours of day and night.
Mr Rafter announced that if the city was attacked, certain factory whistles and hooters would be used as sirens.
According to an account of the momentous occasion, "People observed moments of silence, rang bells, honked horns, blew factory whistles, fired salutes, kept their traffic lights red in brief periods of tribute, took the rest of the day off, closed their schools or convoked fervid assemblies therein, drank toasts, hugged children, attended church, smiled at strangers, forgave enemies.