whitewash
I. transitive verb Date: 1591 1. to whiten with whitewash 2. a. to gloss over or cover up (as vices or crimes) <
refused to whitewash the scandal
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b. to exonerate by means of a perfunctory investigation or through biased presentation of data 3. to hold (an opponent) scoreless in a game or contest • whitewasher noun II. noun Date: 1678 1. a liquid composition for whitening a surface: as a. a preparation for whitening the skin b. a composition (as of lime and water or whiting, size, and water) for whitening structural surfaces 2. an act or instance of glossing over or of exonerating 3. a defeat in a contest in which the loser fails to score

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