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whitewashing

verb
present participle of whitewash

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1 to dismiss as of little importance
  • refused to whitewash the governor's chronic disregard for the truth

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2 to make (something) seem less bad by offering excuses
  • don't try to whitewash your rudeness by claiming that you were having a bad day

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