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English noun: whitewash

1. whitewash (event) a defeat in which the losing person or team fails to score

Broader (hypernym)defeat, licking

2. whitewash (artifact) wash consisting of lime and size in water; used for whitening walls and other surfaces

Broader (hypernym)wash

3. whitewash (act) a specious or deceptive clearing that attempts to gloss over failings and defects

Broader (hypernym)clearing

English verb: whitewash

1. whitewash (perception) cover up a misdemeanor, fault, or error

SamplesLet's not whitewash the crimes of Stalin.
She tried to gloss over her mistakes.

Synonymsgloss over, hush up, sleek over

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)cover, cover up

2. whitewash (contact) cover with whitewash

SamplesWhitewash walls.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)wash

Narrower (hyponym)calcimine

3. whitewash (communication) exonerate by means of a perfunctory investigation or through biased presentation of data

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)acquit, assoil, clear, discharge, exculpate, exonerate

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