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 for To whistle off
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Whistle \Whis"tle\, v. t.
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     1. To form, utter, or modulate by whistling; as, to whistle a
        tune or an air.
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     2. To send, signal, or call by a whistle.
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              He chanced to miss his dog; we stood still till he
              had whistled him up.                  --Addison.
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     To whistle off.
        (a) To dismiss by a whistle; -- a term in hawking. "AS a
            long-winged hawk when he is first whistled off the
            fist, mounts aloft." --Burton.
        (b) Hence, in general, to turn loose; to abandon; to
            dismiss.
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                  I 'ld whistle her off, and let her down the wind
                  To prey at fortune.               --Shak.
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     Note: "A hawk seems to have been usually sent off in this
           way, against the wind when sent in search of prey; with
           or down the wind, when turned loose, and abandoned."
           --Nares.
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