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white·wash

 (wīt′wŏsh′, -wôsh′, hwīt′-)
n.
1. A mixture of lime and water, often with whiting, size, or glue added, that is used to whiten walls, fences, or other structures.
2. Concealment or palliation of flaws or failures.
3. A defeat in a game in which the loser scores no points.
tr.v. white·washed, white·wash·ing, white·wash·es
1. To paint or coat with whitewash.
2. To conceal or gloss over (wrongdoing, for example).
3. Sports To defeat (an opponent) in a game in which the opponent does not score.

white′wash′er n.

whitewash

(ˈwaɪtˌwɒʃ)
n
1. (Elements & Compounds) a substance used for whitening walls and other surfaces, consisting of a suspension of lime or whiting in water, often with other substances, such as size, added
2. informal deceptive or specious words or actions intended to conceal defects, gloss over failings, etc
3. (General Sporting Terms) informal a defeat in a sporting contest in which the loser is beaten in every match, game, etc in a series: they face the prospect of a whitewash in the five-test series.
vb (tr)
4. (Building) to cover or whiten with whitewash
5. informal to conceal, gloss over, or suppress
6. (General Sporting Terms) informal to defeat (an opponent or opposing team) by winning every match in a series
ˈwhiteˌwasher n

white•wash

(ˈʰwaɪtˌwɒʃ, -ˌwɔʃ, ˈwaɪt-)

n.
1. a composition, as of lime and water or of whiting, size, and water, used for whitening walls and woodwork.
2. something that glosses over faults or absolves one from blame.
3. a defeat in which the loser fails to score.
v.t.
4. to whiten with whitewash.
5. to cover up the faults or errors of; absolve from blame.
6. to defeat by keeping the opponent from scoring.
[1585–95]
white′wash`er, n.

whitewash


Past participle: whitewashed
Gerund: whitewashing

Imperative
whitewash
whitewash
Present
I whitewash
you whitewash
he/she/it whitewashes
we whitewash
you whitewash
they whitewash
Preterite
I whitewashed
you whitewashed
he/she/it whitewashed
we whitewashed
you whitewashed
they whitewashed
Present Continuous
I am whitewashing
you are whitewashing
he/she/it is whitewashing
we are whitewashing
you are whitewashing
they are whitewashing
Present Perfect
I have whitewashed
you have whitewashed
he/she/it has whitewashed
we have whitewashed
you have whitewashed
they have whitewashed
Past Continuous
I was whitewashing
you were whitewashing
he/she/it was whitewashing
we were whitewashing
you were whitewashing
they were whitewashing
Past Perfect
I had whitewashed
you had whitewashed
he/she/it had whitewashed
we had whitewashed
you had whitewashed
they had whitewashed
Future
I will whitewash
you will whitewash
he/she/it will whitewash
we will whitewash
you will whitewash
they will whitewash
Future Perfect
I will have whitewashed
you will have whitewashed
he/she/it will have whitewashed
we will have whitewashed
you will have whitewashed
they will have whitewashed
Future Continuous
I will be whitewashing
you will be whitewashing
he/she/it will be whitewashing
we will be whitewashing
you will be whitewashing
they will be whitewashing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been whitewashing
you have been whitewashing
he/she/it has been whitewashing
we have been whitewashing
you have been whitewashing
they have been whitewashing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been whitewashing
you will have been whitewashing
he/she/it will have been whitewashing
we will have been whitewashing
you will have been whitewashing
they will have been whitewashing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been whitewashing
you had been whitewashing
he/she/it had been whitewashing
we had been whitewashing
you had been whitewashing
they had been whitewashing
Conditional
I would whitewash
you would whitewash
he/she/it would whitewash
we would whitewash
you would whitewash
they would whitewash
Past Conditional
I would have whitewashed
you would have whitewashed
he/she/it would have whitewashed
we would have whitewashed
you would have whitewashed
they would have whitewashed

Whitewash

A thin, white wash composed primarily of lime and water. It was sometimes used instead of the more expensive paint to cover walls and fences.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.whitewash - a defeat in which the losing person or team fails to score
defeat, licking - an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest; "it was a narrow defeat"; "the army's only defeat"; "they suffered a convincing licking"
2.whitewash - wash consisting of lime and size in water; used for whitening walls and other surfaces
wash - a thin coat of water-base paint
3.whitewash - a specious or deceptive clearing that attempts to gloss over failings and defects
clearing - the act of freeing from suspicion
Verb1.whitewash - cover up a misdemeanor, fault, or error; "Let's not whitewash the crimes of Stalin"; "She tried to gloss over her mistakes"
cover up, cover - hide from view or knowledge; "The President covered the fact that he bugged the offices in the White House"
2.whitewash - cover with whitewashwhitewash - cover with whitewash; "whitewash walls"
wash - apply a thin coating of paint, metal, etc., to
calcimine - cover with calcimine; "calcimine the walls"
3.whitewash - exonerate by means of a perfunctory investigation or through biased presentation of data
acquit, assoil, exculpate, exonerate, discharge, clear - pronounce not guilty of criminal charges; "The suspect was cleared of the murder charges"

whitewash

verb
1. cover up, conceal, suppress, camouflage, make light of, gloss over, extenuate, airbrush The administration is whitewashing the regime's actions.
cover up reveal, expose, disclose, unveil, uncover, unmask, lay bare
noun
1. cover-up, deception, camouflage, concealment, smoke and mirrors, extenuation The report's findings were condemned as total whitewash.

whitewash

verb
1. To give a deceptively attractive appearance to:
Idioms: paper over, put a good face on.
2. To conceal or make light of a fault or offense:
Translations
بَيَاضٌ لِطِلَاءِ الـجُدْرانطِلاء جيري مائييَطلي بِطلاء جيري مائي
vápenné mléko
kalkkalke
maalata kalkkimaalilla
bojati vapnom
meszeltisztára mosbemeszel
kalkakalkhvíta
漆喰を塗る
희게 회칠하다
vápenné mliekovybielený
bortförklara
ปูนขาวทาผนัง
quét vôi

whitewash

[ˈwaɪtwɒʃ]
A. N
1. (lit) → cal f, jalbegue m
2. (fig) → encubrimiento m
B. VT
1. (lit) → encalar, enjalbegar
2. (fig) → encubrir
3. (Sport) → dejar en blanco, dar un baño a

whitewash

hwaɪtwɒʃ]
n
(= paint) → lait m de chaux
(= concealment of truth) to be a whitewash → être de la poudre aux yeux
He has described the investigation as a whitewash → Il a décrit l'enquête comme étant de la poudre aux yeux.
vt
[+ walls, steps] → blanchir à la chaux
(= conceal, truth, actions) → dissimulerwhite-water rafting nrafting mwhite wedding nmariage m en blancwhite wine nvin m blanc

whitewash

[ˈwaɪtˌwɒʃ]
1. n(bianco di) calce f
2. vt (wall) → imbiancare (con la calce) (fig) (person, sb's faults) → coprire; (motives) → dissimulare; (event, episode) → sminuire

white

(wait) adjective
1. of the colour of the paper on which these words are printed. The bride wore a white dress.
2. having light-coloured skin, through being of European etc descent. the first white man to explore Africa.
3. abnormally pale, because of fear, illness etc. He went white with shock.
4. with milk in it. A white coffee, please.
noun
1. the colour of the paper on which these words are printed. White and black are opposites.
2. a white-skinned person. racial trouble between blacks and whites.
3. (also ˈegg-white) the clear fluid in an egg, surrounding the yolk. This recipe tells you to separate the yolks from the whites.
4. (of an eye) the white part surrounding the pupil and iris. The whites of her eyes are bloodshot.
ˈwhiten verb
to make or become white or whiter. She used a little bleach to whiten the sheets.
ˈwhiteness noun
ˈwhitening noun
a substance used to make certain things (eg tennis shoes) white again.
ˈwhitish adjective
fairly white; close to white.
ˌwhite-ˈcollar adjective
(of workers, jobs etc) not manual; (working) in an office etc.
white elephant
a useless, unwanted possession.
white horse noun
(usually in plural) a wave that has a crest of white foam.
ˌwhite-ˈhot adjective
(of metals) so hot that they have turned white. a white-hot poker.
white lie
a not very serious lie. I'd rather tell my mother a white lie than tell her the truth and upset her.
ˈwhitewash noun
a mixture of usually lime and water, used for whitening walls.
verb
to cover with whitewash.
ˈwhitewashed adjective
white winewine

whitewash

بَيَاضٌ لِطِلَاءِ الـجُدْران vápenné mléko kalk tünchen ασβεστώνω blanquear, encalar maalata kalkkimaalilla lait à la chaux bojati vapnom imbiancare 漆喰を塗る 희게 회칠하다 witwassen kalke pobielić branquear, cal белить bortförklara ปูนขาวทาผนัง badanalamak quét vôi 刷石灰
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Tom appeared on the sidewalk with a bucket of whitewash and a long-handled brush.
Say, Jim, I'll fetch the water if you'll whitewash some.
Then, we went into the hut where there was a smell of tobacco and whitewash, and a bright fire, and a lamp, and a stand of muskets, and a drum, and a low wooden bedstead, like an overgrown mangle without the machinery, capable of holding about a dozen soldiers all at once.
Our readers will follow us along the only street of this little village, and enter with us one of the houses, which is sunburned to the beautiful dead-leaf color peculiar to the buildings of the country, and within coated with whitewash, like a Spanish posada.
Trees from gardens above hang their swaying tendrils down, and contrast their bright green with the whitewash or the black lava of the walls and make them beautiful.
Weitbrecht-Rotholz was an enthusiastic admirer of Charles Strickland, and there was no danger that he would whitewash him.
I never see a filthy yard that I do not want to clean it, a paling off of a fence that I do not want to put it on, an unpainted or unwhitewashed house that I do not want to pain or whitewash it, or a button off one's clothes, or a grease-spot on them or on a floor, that I do not want to call attention to it.
If I get tired looking at her patched face I can whitewash it.
Seeing the Unblotted Escutcheon turning black with what he supposed to be the record of his own misdeeds showing through the whitewash, the Orator fell dead of mortification.
edifice of fame, and as a whitewash to conceal afterward the rascal
The ceiling was supported, like that of a barn, by cross-beams and rafters; and the walls were so stained and discoloured, that it was impossible to tell whether they had ever been touched with paint or whitewash.
Then she opened one of the doors opposite--there were two--and exchanged wall-papers for whitewash.