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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Whitewash \White"wash`\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Whitewashed; p. pr. & vb. n. Whitewashing.] [1913 Webster] 1. To apply a white liquid composition to; to whiten with whitewash. [1913 Webster] 2. To make white; to give a fair external appearance to; to clear from imputations or disgrace; hence, to clear (a bankrupt) from obligation to pay debts. [1913 Webster] 3. In various games, to defeat (an opponent) so that he fails to score, or to reach a certain point in the game; to skunk. [Colloq., U. S.] [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 4. to gloss over or cover up (crimes or misfeasance). [PJC]