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whitewash

white·wash

whitewash

 
pronunciation:
waIt wash [or] hwaIt wash
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a coating usu. made of lime and water, applied to walls, fences, or foundations as a whitener.
definition 2: the use of deceptive or misleading words or actions to gloss over or cover up faults, misdeeds, disgrace, or the like.
definition 3: (informal) a defeat in which the loser's score is zero.
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: whitewashed, whitewashes, whitewashing
definition 1: to apply whitewash to.
definition 2: to cover up or gloss over (a fault, misdeed, or the like).
similar words:
gloss
definition 3: (informal) to defeat and leave scoreless.
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derivation: whitewasher (n.)