• WordNet 3.6
    • v whitewash exonerate by means of a perfunctory investigation or through biased presentation of data
    • v whitewash cover with whitewash "whitewash walls"
    • v whitewash cover up a misdemeanor, fault, or error "Let's not whitewash the crimes of Stalin","She tried to gloss over her mistakes"
    • n whitewash a specious or deceptive clearing that attempts to gloss over failings and defects
    • n whitewash wash consisting of lime and size in water; used for whitening walls and other surfaces
    • n whitewash a defeat in which the losing person or team fails to score
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Whitewash A composition of line and water, or of whiting size, and water, or the like, used for whitening walls, ceilings, etc.; milk of lime.
    • Whitewash a glossing over or cover up (of crimes or misfeasance).
    • Whitewash Any wash or liquid composition for whitening something, as a wash for making the skin fair.
    • Whitewash In various games, to defeat (an opponent) so that he fails to score, or to reach a certain point in the game; to skunk.
    • Whitewash To apply a white liquid composition to; to whiten with whitewash.
    • Whitewash to gloss over or cover up (crimes or misfeasance).
    • Whitewash To make white; to give a fair external appearance to; to clear from imputations or disgrace; hence, to clear (a bankrupt) from obligation to pay debts.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n whitewash A wash or loose superficial deposit of white boulders and pebbles of quartz and sericite-schist which appears on the hillsides above the gold-bearing creeks of the Klondike and is itself auriferous. See the extract.
    • n whitewash A wash or liquid composition for whitening something. Especially
    • n whitewash A composition of quicklime and water, or, for more careful work, of whiting, size, and water, used for whitening the plaster of walls, woodwork, etc., or as a freshening coating for any surface. It is not used for fine work.
    • n whitewash False coloring, as of character, alleged services, etc.; the covering up of wrong-doing or defects: as, the investigating committee applied a thick coat of whitewash.
    • n whitewash In base-ball and other games, a contest in which one side fails to score.
    • whitewash To cover with a white liquid composition, as with lime and water, etc.
    • whitewash To make white; give a fair external appearance to; attempt to clear from imputations; attempt to restore the reputation of.
    • whitewash To clear by a judicial process (an insolvent or bankrupt) of the debts he owes.
    • whitewash In base-ball, etc., to beat in a game in which the opponents fail to score.
    • whitewash To become coated with a white inflorescence, as some bricks.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Whitewash slaked quicklime, reduced to the consistency of milk by means of water, used for colouring walls and as a disinfectant: a wash for the skin: false colouring
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  • Richard M. Nixon
    “We must maintain the integrity of the White House, and that integrity must be real, not transparent. There can be no whitewash at the White House.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hwít; Ice. hvitr, Ger. weiss.


In literature:

In the front parlour Mr. Digson, a small builder and contractor, was busy whitewashing.
"The Bequest" by W.W. Jacobs
In the front parlour Mr. Digson, a small builder and contractor, was busy whitewashing.
"Ship's Company, The Entire Collection" by W.W. Jacobs
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 153, Sept. 19, 1917" by Various
Now, I do not propose to whitewash this enlightened but unscrupulous robber.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume VIII" by John Lord
It is not the place for whitewashing Richard III, or representing him as a man of erect and graceful figure.
"Play-Making" by William Archer
The captain declined to discuss the subject, and, after listening to a description of himself in which Nero and other celebrities figured for the purpose of having their characters whitewashed, took up his hat and went out.
"At Sunwich Port, Complete" by W.W. Jacobs
She made one in the first and three in the second, and then comes four beautiful whitewashes.
"Frank Merriwell at Yale" by Burt L. Standish
They always come around in time to whitewash the cellars.
"The Case of Jennie Brice" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
It was linked to the road by a curving driveway marked on either side by whitewashed stones.
"Somewhere in France" by Richard Harding Davis
The walls were bare and whitewashed.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol VI." by Various

In poetry:

By an old whitewashed Pagoda
Looking Eastwards to the West
There's a Burma girl, from Bermondsey
Sits in a sparrow's nest.
"Mandalay 1" by Billy Bennett
Above me smokes the little town,
With its whitewashed walls and roofs of brown
And its octagon spire toned smoothly down
As the holy minds within.
"Behind the Closed Eye" by Francis Ledwidge
It should be easy, sure, to find.
Waves close in front, woods close behind,
Green shutters, whitewashed walls;
A little space of rocky ground,
Where climbs the wave, and, round and round
The seagull curves and calls.
"At Shelley’s House At Lerici" by Alfred Austin
The room big and low pitched with three windows; the walls whitewashed; no
furniture. Before the house a barren plain; gradually sloping downwards, it
stretches into the distance; a grey monotonous sky hangs over it, like the
canopy of a bed.
"A Dream" by Ivan Turgenev

In news:

But it's Gellman's attempts to whitewash Nixon's campaign strategies that do the most damage.
Chris Romer borrows Tom Sawyer 's whitewash.
Both know how to whitewash the facts.
British Communist Eric Hobsbawm spent his career whitewashing, minimizing, excusing and stooging for some of the worst crimes in human history.
The center is located in a whitewashed two-story house in the suburb of Borj Louzir, not far from the ruins of Carthage.
B as its supporters continue to whitewash HSUS and Prop.
Republicans whitewash history of filibuster.
Whitewashing is a painting technique that lends a Swedish country look to wood while letting its rich grain show through.
"I did a lot of whitewashing fences when I was growing up.".
Nixon Pledges No Whitewash On Watergate.
At Nathan's, the sign of the times is a whitewash of history.
Fleischer & Gaffney's 2009 Whitewash Tour.
News / Clout City From whitewash to rugs.
UK press mauls Hutton ' whitewash '.
Bomb Battery Review A Whitewash .