[ UK /wˈa‍ɪtwɒʃ/ ]
[ US /ˈhwaɪtˌwɑʃ, ˈwaɪtˌwɑʃ/ ]
  1. exonerate by means of a perfunctory investigation or through biased presentation of data
  2. cover up a misdemeanor, fault, or error
    She tried to gloss over her mistakes
    Let's not whitewash the crimes of Stalin
  3. cover with whitewash
    whitewash walls
  1. wash consisting of lime and size in water; used for whitening walls and other surfaces
  2. a defeat in which the losing person or team fails to score
  3. a specious or deceptive clearing that attempts to gloss over failings and defects
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How To Use whitewash In A Sentence

  • In my own garden I have an old stone wall with remnants of whitewash that reflects the sunlight and heat in summer.
  • The washout means England are certain at least to avoid a 7-0 whitewash in the series after losing the first four. The Sun
  • They have innumerable beautiful, barefoot children, live in low-slung, thatched, whitewashed cottages, and their climate is often cool, damp and misty.
  • This exposes the inquiry as a total whitewash. Times, Sunday Times
  • Recently renovated, the surfside inn still has its nautical-cool whitewashed facade, and its 36 guest rooms are equipped with patios and views of the Roqueta Channel. 10
  • As it is sometimes difficult to rear young calves it is a good thing to keep them clean and dry., whitewashing the calf hulls two or three times during the winter.
  • This is a place to escape to, where you can sleep surrounded by whitewashed stone walls and lush gardens. Times, Sunday Times
  • The only better run is by West Indies, who won ten successive Tests against England in the course of consecutive series whitewashes in 1984 and 1985-86.
  • This attempted whitewash is another blow to the relationship between police and public which is essential for the only effective form of policing; “policing by consent.” CO19 - A Few Good Men « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG
  • The signing of Tendulkar was described as a whitewash merely to cover racial bias.
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