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whitewash (ˈwaɪtˌwɒʃ Pronunciation for whitewash



  1. a substance used for whitening walls and other surfaces, consisting of a suspension of lime or whiting in water, often with other substances, such as size, added
  2. (informal) deceptive or specious words or actions intended to conceal defects, gloss over failings, etc
  3. (informal) a defeat in a sporting contest in which the loser is beaten in every match, game, etc in a series   ⇒ they face the prospect of a whitewash in the five-test series

verb (transitive)

  1. to cover or whiten with whitewash
  2. (informal) to conceal, gloss over, or suppress
  3. (informal) to defeat (an opponent or opposing team) by winning every match in a series

Derived Forms

ˈwhiteˌwasher noun


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= cover up, conceal, suppress, camouflage, make light of, gloss over, extenuate, airbrush,
= cover-up, deception, camouflage, concealment, smoke and mirrors, extenuation

Translations for 'whitewash'

  • British English: whitewashPronunciation for whitewash Whitewash is a mixture of lime or chalk and water used for painting walls white.ˈwaɪtˌwɒʃ NOUN
  • Arabic: بَيَاضٌ لِطِلَاءِ الـجُدْرانPronunciation for بَيَاضٌ لِطِلَاءِ الـجُدْران
  • Brazilian Portuguese: calPronunciation for cal
  • Chinese: 刷石灰Pronunciation for 刷石灰
  • Croatian: bojati vapnomPronunciation for bojati vapnom
  • Czech: vápenné mlékoPronunciation for vápenné mlékok bílení
  • Danish: kalkPronunciation for kalk
  • Dutch: witwassenPronunciation for witwassen
  • European Spanish: encalarPronunciation for encalar
  • Finnish: maalata kalkkimaalillaPronunciation for maalata kalkkimaalilla
  • French: lait à la chauxPronunciation for lait à la chaux
  • German: tünchenPronunciation for tünchen
  • Greek: ασβεστώνωPronunciation for ασβεστώνω
  • Italian: imbiancarePronunciation for imbiancare
  • Japanese: 漆喰を塗るPronunciation for 漆喰を塗る
  • Korean: 희게 회칠하다Pronunciation for 희게 회칠하다
  • Norwegian: kalkePronunciation for kalke
  • Polish: pobielićPronunciation for pobielić bielić
  • Portuguese: branquearPronunciation for branquear
  • Romanian: lapte de var
  • Russian: белитьPronunciation for белить
  • Spanish: blanquearPronunciation for blanquear
  • Swedish: bortförklaraPronunciation for bortförklara
  • Thai: ปูนขาวทาผนังPronunciation for ปูนขาวทาผนัง
  • Turkish: badanalamakPronunciation for badanalamak
  • Ukrainian: вапняний розчин для білення
  • Vietnamese: quét vôiPronunciation for quét vôi
  • British English: white-wash White-wash is a mixture of lime or chalk and water that is used for painting walls white. NOUN
  • Brazilian Portuguese: cal
  • Chinese: > 石灰水将墙壁刷成白色的
  • European Spanish: cal
  • French: lait de chauxN
  • German: Tünche
  • Italian: calce
  • Japanese: 水しっくい
  • Korean: 백색 도료
  • Portuguese: cal
  • Spanish: cal

Example Sentences Including 'whitewash'

There was another pool of blood by the wall next to the door, and a long dark smear on the whitewash.
Peter Robinson AFTERMATH (2001)
Somehow, the walls looked even higher close up, and they had curious marks that even fresh whitewash couldn't conceal.
Perhaps Kevin wants to make sure it's a whitewash job,' I tried.
Val McDermid DEAD BEAT (2002)


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