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What is another word for whitewash?

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Verb
To paint white, typically with a lime and water mixture
“Soon, boy after boy comes by and begs to exchange food, a toy, or some other treasure for an opportunity to whitewash the fence.”
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To hide or conceal, typically something incriminating
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“All their trickery and deceit are nothing but an attempt to whitewash their irresponsibility.”
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To disregard as unimportant or insignificant
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“Interestingly, even in the case of emperors whom Suetonius presumably admired, he makes no attempt to whitewash their characters.”
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To (attempt to) lessen or excuse the seriousness of
“It is much more probable, however, that Batty uses this occasion to whitewash his crimes by portraying himself as an innocent.”
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To defeat comprehensively
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“Not to be denied, the Dickinsonians came storming back in the next three weeks to whitewash their opponents.”
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To represent or estimate at less than the true value or significance
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To conceal or disguise one's true feelings or beliefs
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To give or add color to, especially with paint
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To tell (usually fraudulently) in such a way as to render less severe or serious
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Show or prove to be right, reasonable, or justified
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To alter something from its true state, typically to deceive
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Embellish, decorate
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The concealment of unpleasant or incriminating facts
“The report is a blatant whitewash of the science on which it bases public policy that affects all of us.”
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An image of something or oneself that is not a true representation of reality
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“As the hearing opened, there was further evidence of a whitewash to protect more senior officers.”
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A lime and water mixture for painting walls and fences bright white
“If it was not sufficiently white, or had become discolored, it could be brightened up with a coat of whitewash.”
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A comprehensive defeat in a contest
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“The team underlined their supremacy by completing a 5-0 whitewash of their rivals.”
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An act involving fraud or deception
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A reason or explanation given to justify a fault or offense
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An easy victory or achievement
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Treachery
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A secret agreement for an illegal purpose
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