an attempt to hush up an embarrassing or shameful event
   The compound of lime and water, or similar non-permanent materials, easily and liberally applied to a surface, may provide temporary cover for the blemishes underneath:
    Then, in Hughes's opinion, the committee had produced a whitewash. (Colodny and Gettlin, 1991, writing about a report on the secret bombing of Vietnam)
   The author of a British report in February 2001 on the granting of citizenship to wealthy Indians with what seemed to many to be unseemly haste, despite their apparent ineligibility and their financial prodigality to causes dear to the heart of Government, was given, in the press if not elsewhere, the nickname Dulux, from a brand of paint, possibly because it was thought the affair had been more effectively covered up than by a simple whitewash.

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  • whitewash — (v.) 1590s, to wash a building surface with white liquid, from WHITE (Cf. white) + WASH (Cf. wash). Figurative sense of to cover up, conceal is attested from 1762. Related: Whitewashed; whitewashing. The noun is recorded from 1690s …   Etymology dictionary

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