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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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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.
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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"
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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.
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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:
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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
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

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
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

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
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

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
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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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They had carried him sometimes in a dead stupor, sometimes a raving madman, along a wild bush-track across rivers and swamps into the town of Garba, where years ago a Congo trader, who had made a fortune, had built a little white-washed hospital !
The curate's pew was opposite the rector's at the entrance of the small chancel, and Will had time to fear that Dorothea might not come while he looked round at the group of rural faces which made the congregation from year to year within the white-washed walls and dark old pews, hardly with more change than we see in the boughs of a tree which breaks here and there with age, but yet has young shoots.
The square finger, moving here and there, lighted suddenly on Bitzer, perhaps because he chanced to sit in the same ray of sunlight which, darting in at one of the bare windows of the intensely white-washed room, irradiated Sissy.
Bumble gave him a tap on the head, with his cane, to wake him up: and another on the back to make him lively: and bidding him to follow, conducted him into a large white-washed room, where eight or ten fat gentlemen were sitting round a table.
Would the nuns who had lived in them know their little white-washed cells again, all gay with delicate flower papers and clean white paint?
When Tess had reached home that evening, and had entered into the privacy of her little white-washed chamber, she began impetuously writing a letter to Clare.
Hardly ever did he pass through his barn without paying homage to his own progressiveness and oozing approval of the mechanical milker, driven by his own electrical dynamo, the James Way stanchions with electric lights above, the individual drinking fountains at the head of each cow, the cork-brick floors, the scrupulously white-washed walls, and the absence of odor, with the one exception of sweet, fermented silage.
For the first time I remarked the sparkling clearness of the air, the deep blue of the sky, the gay clean aspect of the white-washed or painted houses; I saw what a fine street was the Rue Royale, and, walking leisurely along its broad pavement, I continued to survey its stately hotels, till the palisades, the gates, and trees of the park appearing in sight, offered to my eye a new attraction.
Through their veil Archer caught the glint of the Lime Rock, with its white-washed turret and the tiny house in which the heroic light-house keeper, Ida Lewis, was living her last venerable years.
We were shown into an immense apartment, lighted by two dim candles, called the drawing-room: from which there was a descent by a flight of steps, to another vast desert, called the dining-room: our bed-chambers were among certain long rows of little white-washed cells, which opened from either side of a dreary passage; and were so like rooms in a prison that I half expected to be locked up when I went to bed, and listened involuntarily for the turning of the key on the outside.