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whitewash

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verb white·wash \ˈhwīt-ˌwȯsh, ˈwīt-, -ˌwäsh\

Simple Definition of whitewash

  • : to make (something) whiter by painting it with whitewash

  • : to prevent people from learning the truth about (something bad, such as a dishonest, immoral, or illegal act or situation)

  • : to defeat (an opponent) easily by winning every game, point, etc.

Full Definition of whitewash

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to whiten with whitewash

  3. 2 a :  to gloss over or cover up (as vices or crimes) <refused to whitewash the scandal> b :  to exonerate by means of a perfunctory investigation or through biased presentation of data

  4. 3 :  to hold (an opponent) scoreless in a game or contest

white·wash·er noun

Examples of whitewash

  1. a book that tries to whitewash the country's past

  2. <refused to whitewash the governor's chronic disregard for the truth>



1591

First Known Use of whitewash

1591


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whitewash

noun white·wash

Simple Definition of whitewash

  • : a white liquid mixture used for making surfaces (such as walls or fences) whiter

  • : a planned effort to hide a dishonest, immoral, or illegal act or situation

  • : a defeat in a game or contest in which the loser does not score any points

Full Definition of whitewash

  1. 1 :  a liquid composition for whitening a surface: as a :  a preparation for whitening the skin b :  a composition (as of lime and water or whiting, size, and water) for whitening structural surfaces

  2. 2 :  an act or instance of glossing over or of exonerating

  3. 3 :  a defeat in a contest in which the loser fails to score

1678

First Known Use of whitewash

1678



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