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whitewashnoun

uk   /ˈwaɪt.wɒʃ/  us   /-wɑːʃ/

whitewash noun (PAINT)

[U] a white liquid that is a mixture of lime or powdered chalk and water, used for making walls or ceilings white

whitewash noun (ATTEMPT TO HIDE)

[S] disapproving an attempt to stop people finding out the true facts about a situation: The official report on the killings has been denounced as a whitewash.

whitewash noun (DEFEAT)

[C] UK informal a complete defeat in a game or competition: a 6–0 whitewash

whitewashverb [T]

uk   /ˈwaɪt.wɒʃ/  us   /-wɑːʃ/

whitewash verb [T] (HIDE)

disapproving to make something bad seem acceptable by hiding the truth: The government is trying to whitewash the incompetence of the Treasury officials.

whitewash verb [T] (DEFEAT)

UK informal to defeat a player or team completely, especially while preventing them from scoring any points

whitewash verb [T] (PAINT)

to paint walls or buildings using whitewash
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