[ UK /wˈa‍ɪtwɒʃ/ ]
[ US /ˈhwaɪtˌwɑʃ, ˈwaɪtˌwɑʃ/ ]
VERB
  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
NOUN
  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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