white´wash´er


white´wash´er
white|wash «HWYT WOSH, -WSH», noun, verb.
–n.
1. a liquid mixture of lime and water or of whiting, size, and water. It is used for whitening walls, woodwork, or other surfaces, as a substitute for paint.
2. Figurative. a) the act of covering up faults or mistakes. b) anything that covers up faults or mistakes.
3. Informal. a defeat in a game without a score for the loser; shut-out.
4. Obsolete. a cosmetic formerly used to make the skin fair.
–v.t.
1. to whiten with whitewash.
2. Figurative. to cover up the faults or mistakes of.
3. Informal. to defeat in a game without a score for the loser; shut out: »

The faltering world champions meekly submitted to a 6-0 whitewashing…at the Polo Grounds last night (New York Times).

white´wash´er, noun.

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