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whitewash

1. tv. to make something look better than it really is; to conceal something bad. Now, don’t try to whitewash this incident. Open up about it.
2. n. an act or campaign of covering up something bad. They tried to give the scandal the old whitewash, but it didn’t work.
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They hesitated to advance; but, as the noise did no harm, they entered through the whitewashed wall and quickly discovered the cause of the turmoil.
The walls here were plainly whitewashed, and the floor was of hard stone.
Through this crevice a small room was visible, whitewashed and clean but very bare of furniture.
She flung wild glances, like those of an entrapped animal, up and down the big whitewashed room that panted with heat and that was thickly humid with the steam that sizzled from the damp cloth under the irons of the many ironers.
There was nothing behind him: there was just the whitewashed wall.
It was the effect of a white-hot iron drawn across her eyes; at the same time her heart, hardened and chilled into a lump of ice, kept her body in an inward shudder, set her features into a frozen contemplative immobility addressed to a whitewashed wall with no writing on it.
That he was not dreaming now, unless he was taking a walk in his sleep, was clear, for every now and then there came a shuffling noise, as though he were engaged in polishing the whitewashed wall; then a gentle creaking of his door; then the faintest indication of his stealthy footsteps on the landing-place outside.
A little winding through some muddy alleys that might have been deposited by the last ill-savoured tide, brought them to the wicket- gate and bright lamp of a Police Station; where they found the Night-Inspector, with a pen and ink, and ruler, posting up his books in a whitewashed office, as studiously as if he were in a monastery on top of a mountain, and no howling fury of a drunken woman were banging herself against a cell-door in the back-yard at his elbow.
So, back to the whitewashed library of the monastery--with that liver still in shrieking requisition, as it had been loudly, while they looked at the silent sight they came to see--and there through the merits of the case as summed up by the Abbot.
The painting shows whitewashed cottages and outbuildings in Deiniolen, North Wales.
There is anger in me and frustration, because for whatever reason we haven't played very well - and the buck stops with me," said Cook (below), who was also involved under the short-lived captaincy of Andrew Flintoff when England were whitewashed in Australia two tours ago.
Interpreting the astonishing paucity of references to whitewashing in official documents as evidence that it may have emerged spontaneously or locally, she treats the whitewashed interior as a social process and a symbolic form expressing new religious practices and beliefs.
Inn off the Park 8s shocked title contenders Grangetown United by defeating them 6-2, Royal George kept in touch with the leaders after they whitewashed Albion B 8-0, Apple Tree defeated Yellow Rose 5-3.
Scotland's four-time world champ whitewashed Ding 5-0 in a one-sided quarter-final clash to set up a mouthwatering showdown with Ulsterman Mark Allen on Hainan Island.
Pakistan started the tour on a high note with a remarkable 3-0 Test series whitewash over the English team, but were themselves whitewashed 4-0 in the one-day series and also lost the three match Twenty20 series 2-1 to England.