whitewash

[hwahyt-wosh, -wawsh, wahyt-]
noun
1.
a composition, as of lime and water or of whiting, size, and water, used for whitening walls, woodwork, etc.
2.
anything, as deceptive words or actions, used to cover up or gloss over faults, errors, or wrongdoings, or absolve a wrongdoer from blame.
3.
Sports Informal. a defeat in which the loser fails to score.
verb (used with object)
4.
to whiten with whitewash.
5.
to cover up or gloss over the faults or errors of; absolve from blame.
6.
Sports Informal. to defeat by keeping the opponent from scoring: The home team whitewashed the visitors eight to nothing.

Origin:
1585–95; white + wash

whitewasher, noun
unwhitewashed, adjective


5. excuse, vindicate, exonerate.
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whitewash (ˈwaɪtˌwɒʃ)
 
n
1.  a substance used for whitening walls and other surfaces, consisting of a suspension of lime or whiting in water, often with other substances, such as size, added
2.  informal deceptive or specious words or actions intended to conceal defects, gloss over failings, etc
3.  informal a defeat in a sporting contest in which the loser is beaten in every match, game, etc in a series: they face the prospect of a whitewash in the five-test series
 
vb
4.  to cover or whiten with whitewash
5.  informal to conceal, gloss over, or suppress
6.  informal to defeat (an opponent or opposing team) by winning every match in a series
 
'whitewasher
 
n

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Word Origin & History

whitewash
1591, "to wash a building surface with white liquid," from white + wash. Fig. sense of "to cover up, conceal" is attested from 1762. The noun is recorded from 1697.
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Slang Dictionary

whitewash definition


  1. tv.
    to make something look better than it really is; to conceal something bad. : Now, don't try to whitewash this incident. Open up about it.
  2. n.
    an act or campaign of covering up something bad. : They tried to give the scandal the old whitewash, but it didn't work.
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Example sentences
To protect them, apply whitewash or diluted white latex paint to exposed
  portions of main scaffold branches.
To have left it out would have been seen as another whitewash, and would have
  shown bias.
Dealers would whitewash their windows so that the appearance of the new cars
  could be kept secret until the appointed day.
We don't judge scientists by what the latest whitewash committee says about
  them.
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