The oath I took as a [meat] inspector said if I ever saw anything wrong I was supposed to report it. But today, if you blow your whistle, you're in trouble with the inspection service. I feel the oath I took is violated every day I work.
A figure of speech in which one word is substituted for another with which it is closely associated. For example, in the expression The pen is mightier than the sword, the word pen is used for "the written word," and sword is used for "military power."