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Present participle for 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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Present participle for 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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Present participle for 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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Present participle for 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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Present participle for 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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Present participle for to represent or estimate at less than the true value or significance
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Present participle for to conceal or disguise one's true feelings or beliefs
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Present participle for to give or add color to
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Present participle for to tell (usually fraudulently) in such a way as to render less severe or serious
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Present participle for to unburden from something undesirable or restrictive
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Present participle for to alter something from its true state, typically to deceive
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Present participle for show or prove to be right, reasonable, or justified
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Present participle for make or become white
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Present participle for embellish, decorate
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The state of being vanquished
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A morally acceptable explanation for behavior, or for a belief or occurrence
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Noun
An outer layer or covering
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That lessens the seriousness of something by providing an excuse
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