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WHITEWASH

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does whitewash mean? 

WHITEWASH (noun)
  The noun WHITEWASH has 3 senses:

1. a defeat in which the losing person or team fails to score
2. wash consisting of lime and size in water; used for whitening walls and other surfaces
3. a specious or deceptive clearing that attempts to gloss over failings and defects

  Familiarity information: WHITEWASH used as a noun is uncommon.


WHITEWASH (verb)
  The verb WHITEWASH has 3 senses:

1. cover up a misdemeanor, fault, or error
2. cover with whitewash
3. exonerate by means of a perfunctory investigation or through biased presentation of data

  Familiarity information: WHITEWASH used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


WHITEWASH (noun)


Sense 1whitewash [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A defeat in which the losing person or team fails to score

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Hypernyms ("whitewash" is a kind of...):

defeat; licking (an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest)


Sense 2whitewash [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Wash consisting of lime and size in water; used for whitening walls and other surfaces

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("whitewash" is a kind of...):

wash (a thin coat of water-base paint)


Sense 3whitewash [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A specious or deceptive clearing that attempts to gloss over failings and defects

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("whitewash" is a kind of...):

clearing (the act of freeing from suspicion)


WHITEWASH (verb)


Sense 1whitewash [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cover up a misdemeanor, fault, or error

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

hush up; sleek over; whitewash; gloss over

Context examples:

Let's not whitewash the crimes of Stalin / She tried to gloss over her mistakes

Hypernyms (to "whitewash" is one way to...):

cover; cover up (hide from view or knowledge)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


Sense 2whitewash [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cover with whitewash

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

whitewash walls

Hypernyms (to "whitewash" is one way to...):

wash (apply a thin coating of paint, metal, etc., to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "whitewash"):

calcimine (cover with calcimine)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3whitewash [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Exonerate by means of a perfunctory investigation or through biased presentation of data

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Hypernyms (to "whitewash" is one way to...):

acquit; assoil; clear; discharge; exculpate; exonerate (pronounce not guilty of criminal charges)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


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