Meaning of “whitewash” in the English Dictionary

"whitewash" in British English

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uk /ˈwaɪt.wɒʃ/ us /ˈwaɪt.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 (DEFEAT)

[ C ] UK informal a complete defeat in a game or competition:

a 6–0 whitewash

whitewashverb [ T ]

uk /ˈwaɪt.wɒʃ/ us /ˈwaɪt.wɑːʃ/

(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 white powder which is used esp. on walls and ceilings

A whitewash is something that hides a wrong or illegal action:

[ C ] He called the report a whitewash.

(Definition of “whitewash” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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