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Noun: whitewash  'wIt,wósh
  1. A defeat in which the losing person or team fails to score
     
  2. Wash consisting of lime and size in water; used for whitening walls and other surfaces
     
  3. A specious or deceptive clearing that attempts to gloss over failings and defects
Verb: whitewash  'wIt,wósh
  1. Cover up a misdemeanour, fault, or error
    "Let's not whitewash the crimes of Stalin";
    - gloss over, sleek over, hush up
     
  2. Cover with whitewash
    "whitewash walls"
     
  3. Exonerate by means of a perfunctory investigation or through biased presentation of data

Derived forms: whitewashes, whitewashing, whitewashed

Type of: acquit, assoil [archaic], clear, clearing, cover, cover up, defeat, discharge, exculpate, exonerate, licking, wash

Encyclopedia: Whitewash