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WHITEWASH, noun [white and wash.]

1. A wash or liquid composition for whitening something; a wash for making the skin fair.

2. A composition of lime and water, used for whitening the plaster of walls, etc.

WHITEWASH, verb transitive

1. To cover with a white liquid composition, as with lime and water, etc.

2. To make white; to give a fair external appearance.