[hwahyt-wosh, -wawsh, wahyt-]
- a composition, as of lime and water or of whiting, size, and water, used for whitening walls, woodwork, etc.
- anything, as deceptive words or actions, used to cover up or gloss over faults, errors, or wrongdoings, or absolve a wrongdoer from blame.
- Sports Informal. a defeat in which the loser fails to score.
- to whiten with whitewash.
- to cover up or gloss over the faults or errors of; absolve from blame.
- Sports Informal. to defeat by keeping the opponent from scoring: The home team whitewashed the visitors eight to nothing.
Origin of whitewash
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5. excuse, vindicate, exonerate.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for white-washed
The houses are often white-washed, although their completion may take a good many years.The Negro Farmer
The brick floor was worn and weather-stained, as were the white-washed walls.Olive in Italy
You would be white-washed by either team if you met them now.Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore
I looked at the apartment: the walls were bare and white-washed.Peter Simple
Now give me that white-washed fence you have around your ears.The Young Railroaders
Francis Lovell Coombs
- 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
- informal deceptive or specious words or actions intended to conceal defects, gloss over failings, etc
- informal a defeat in a sporting contest in which the loser is beaten in every match, game, etc in a seriesthey face the prospect of a whitewash in the five-test series
- to cover or whiten with whitewash
- informal to conceal, gloss over, or suppress
- informal to defeat (an opponent or opposing team) by winning every match in a series
Word Origin and History for white-washed
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper