Whitewash definition

wītwŏsh, -wôsh, hwīt-
A defeat in a game in which the loser scores no points.
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To paint or coat with whitewash.
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To conceal or gloss over (wrongdoing, for example).
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A mixture of lime and water, often with whiting, size, or glue added, that is used to whiten walls, fences, or other structures.
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Concealment or palliation of flaws or failures.
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(sports) To defeat (an opponent) in a game in which the opponent does not score.
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A mixture of lime, whiting, size, water, etc., for whitening walls, etc.
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A cosmetic formerly used for making the skin fair.
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(informal, sports) A defeat in which the loser scores no points.
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A glossing over or concealing of faults or defects in an effort to exonerate or give the appearance of soundness.
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Something said or done for this purpose.
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To cover with whitewash.
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To gloss over or conceal the faults or defects of; give a favorable interpretation of or a falsely virtuous appearance to.
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(informal, sports) To defeat (an opponent) soundly.
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(sports) A complete victory or series of victories without suffering any losses; a clean sweep.
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To paint over with a lime and water mixture so as to brighten up a wall or fence.

The houses looked very bright when they whitewashed the whole neighborhood.

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(idiomatic) To cover over errors or bad actions.

In his sermon, the minister didn't try to whitewash over the sins of his church.

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(dated) To repay the financial debts of (another person).

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(baseball, slang, dated, late, 19th century, archaic) To prevent a team from scoring any runs.
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(acting) To choose white film or television actors to portray characters that were Asian, African, or other races.
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(pejorative) To make over (an Asian, African, or person of another race, especially a woman) to look Caucasian.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
whitewash
Plural:
whitewashes

Origin of whitewash