whitewash Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"whitewash" in British English

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whitewashnoun

uk   /ˈwaɪt.wɒʃ/  us   /-wɑːʃ/

whitewash noun (PAINT)

[U] a ​whiteliquid that is a ​mixture of lime or ​powdered chalk and ​water, used for making ​walls or ​ceilingswhite

whitewash noun (ATTEMPT TO HIDE)

[S] disapproving an ​attempt to ​stoppeoplefinding out the ​truefacts about a ​situation: The ​officialreport on the ​killings has been ​denounced as a whitewash.

whitewash noun (DEFEAT)

[C] UK informal a ​completedefeat in a ​game or ​competition: a 6–0 whitewash

whitewashverb [T]

uk   /ˈwaɪt.wɒʃ/  us   /-wɑːʃ/

whitewash verb [T] (HIDE)

disapproving to make something ​badseemacceptable by ​hiding the ​truth: The ​department is ​trying to whitewash ​theirincompetence.

whitewash verb [T] (DEFEAT)

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

whitewash verb [T] (PAINT)

to ​paintwalls or ​buildings using whitewash
(Definition of whitewash from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"whitewash" in American English

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whitewashnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈhwɑɪtˌwɑʃ, ˈwɑɪt-, -ˌwɔʃ/
paint made from ​water and ​whitepowder which is used esp. on ​walls and ​ceilings A whitewash is something that ​hides a ​wrong or ​illegalaction: [C] He called the ​report a whitewash.
(Definition of whitewash from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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