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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.

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).
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When Steele whitewashes this book instead of focusing on the many horrors it contains, he unintentionally aids those who use it to condemn, persecute, and discriminate against us.
``If we keep playing as we are now there's no reason why we shouldn't win 5-0 - we've won four or five of our recent series in whitewashes and you're a fool if you go into any series not aiming to win all your Test matches.''
Craig Strong (Ex's) and Dave Beddis (Plough) both hit 180s while Roy Kinder (darts) and Bob Grant (dominoes) saved the whitewashes.
Paul Harris and Andy Pattie were the unbeaten duo as Solihull & Shirley's second men's side defeated Poplar 6-3 in men's 2A, while Cocksmoors II have lost their first four matches in Women's 2A, after two 6-0 whitewashes to Four Oaks II and Broadway.
They crushed Griff 19-4 in a win that saw them register a massive five whitewashes, in darts, crib, 5s & 3s, don and whist.
They secured whitewashes in darts, crib, don and whist, with a draw in old game and a 3-1 loss in 5s & 3s the only blip on their day.