Whitewash

Definition of Whitewash

White´wash`
n.1.Any wash or liquid composition for whitening something, as a wash for making the skin fair.
2.A composition of line and water, or of whiting size, and water, or the like, used for whitening walls, ceilings, etc.; milk of lime.
3.a glossing over or cover up (of crimes or misfeasance).
v. t.1.To apply a white liquid composition to; to whiten with whitewash.
2.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.
3.In various games, to defeat (an opponent) so that he fails to score, or to reach a certain point in the game; to skunk.
4.to gloss over or cover up (crimes or misfeasance).

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