Definition - whitewashes

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whitewashes
  1. a specious or deceptive clearing that attempts to gloss over failings and defects
  2. wash consisting of lime and size in water; used for whitening walls and other surfaces
  3. exonerate by means of a perfunctory investigation or through biased presentation of data
  4. a defeat in which the losing person or team fails to score
  5. cover with whitewash; "whitewash walls"
  6. cover up a misdemeanor, fault, or error; "Let's not whitewash the crimes of Stalin"; "She tried to gloss over her mistakes"