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whitewash

1. informal To conceal, gloss over, or suppress something negative. (From the practice of coating surfaces, such as walls and fences, in a mixture of lime and water called whitewash.) The CEO tried to whitewash the poor financial results at the investors' meeting. We have our suspicions that the police are whitewashing the suspect's death.
2. slang To change something in order to have a stronger presence or more favorable depiction of Caucasian people. There has been a huge outcry accusing the movie studio of trying to whitewash the adaptation of the Japanese manga. I think it's important to teach these atrocities in school. You can't just whitewash the history of our country.

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.

whitewash, a

A glossing over of bad conduct, dishonesty, or other misdeeds. Using clean paint as a metaphor for concealing misconduct dates at least from the early eighteenth century. “The greater part of whitewashing is done with ink,” wrote George D. Prentice (Prenticeana, 1860).
References in classic literature ?
He, however, who whitewasheth his house, betrayeth unto me a whitewashed soul.
So full of this reeling scene were we, as we stood by the plunging bowsprit, that for some time we did not notice the jeering glances of the passengers, a lubber-like assembly, who marvelled that two fellow beings should be so companionable; as though a white man were anything more dignified than a whitewashed negro.
Annan Ex A kept the gap at the top the same with a whitewash at Albert A.
The final game in Division Two produced a whitewash as the North East Chinese Association romped to a 10-0 victory over Ouston A.
Only a victory by Wool-erton saved them from a whitewash. Andy Lloyd and Dave Harse remained unbeaten.
Sam Bromage and Bob Griffiths kept the balls rolling their way and it was only C Richardson's determination in the fourth leg that staved off a whitewash for the A team.
The Blue Bell's Archie Walker and Phil Buchanan will be both delighted and relieved to have won the third and fourth frames respectively to give the Blue Bell a whitewash win, both players potting the final black ball for their victories.
Coton Cons B outgunned Windmill 3-1 to go fourth in the table, Pete North saving the latter from a whitewash.
Wagon stayed in contention scoring a whitewash over Badds Colliery B, Tony Downes (21-3) and Alan Jackson (21-5) sparking the Arley boys to a resounding 61-shot triumph.
Five of the six individual games went the way of the Tunnel girls with messrs Dowdy, Robinson and Morris in prime form while a 21-20 verdict for Sue Daniels saved the Marston Laners from a whitewash.
Brian Whitmore (21-5) steered Bermuda B to a good home win against Atherstone Grove B, with Cliff Frost preventing a whitewash for Grove with a 21-15 win.