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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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Gidiney appears as a whitewasher (an unskilled labor position involved with painting and construction), living at house number 156 Green.
Me - I put a request in for that champion whitewasher to come and do our stairwell.
When that column was published in the September'99 issue of GUNS, a few of our readers wrote in and called me a whitewasher for the white cops who murdered a black man.
Eventually, he hired black Union veteran and whitewasher Jordan White to play the hurdy-gurdy, freeing Leive to beat on a large bass drum.
Aldridge) a shoemaker--but the only one designated as colored worked as a whitewasher between 1826 and 1865.
Most were clearly of the middling classes: their fathers and spouses were often professionals and/or shop owners (a minister, a grocer, barbers, shoemakers, a baker, a whitewasher, and so on).