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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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But as Victoria George compellingly argues in the first critical evaluation of the whitewashing of sacred spaces, white lime was not simply a cheap and destructive tool wielded by crazed reformers and philistines.
I know he feels a need to avoid stridency when speaking to Rome's misdeeds, but this piece is whitewashing.
Albany tin-hatted the visitors at snooker but Cheylesmore equalled that by whitewashing them at dominoes.
Hotshots ladies' side continue their dominance in Division One after whitewashing SGN 6-0.
As Deverell demonstrates, the whitewashing of Los Angeles's cultural and ethnic history had been completed by World War Two.
It does not just happen overnight, whitewashing a tough side like New Zealand.
As for Lord Hutton, he'd make a fortune painting ceilings and whitewashing the exteriors of cottages in dear auld Ireland.
Because in that area of the world, you very commonly see people whitewashing their homes.
But what I find most bothersome is THE NEW AMERICAN'S complete whitewashing of these facts and of Israel's totally U.