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as in:  investigative whitewash

One could whitewash all he pleased, and put up comic neon signs, but the aged timbers stood strong under their additional burden.
Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  cover up a wrong or error
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whitewash whitewashed whitewashing whitewashes
In this context, whitewash comes from it’s base definition describing a kind of white paint that could be used to cover things.
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  • One could whitewash all he pleased, and put up comic neon signs, but the aged timbers stood strong under their additional burden.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • For ten bucks, you could graffiti your name on Tom Sawyer’s whitewashed fence, but there were few takers.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • He also swept the floors, whitewashed the walls and cleaned the bathrooms.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • Whitewashed cottages, quaint except for the satellite dishes sprouting from their roofs, lined a small grid of muddy gravel streets.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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  • In every direction, there were boats and Jet Skis zipping past, leaving whitewashed curls of water behind them.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • There is too much buffer of fine landscaping and natural vegetation, of whitewashed horse fence and antiqued stone walls, that it’s rare to see anyone outside, much less two people on the perimeter of a property, talking or socializing.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • The students went around for days transcribing them into their notebooks before they were covered with whitewash and lye.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • Her tone made it obvious that the whitewashing had accomplished nothing.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • The company room was being readied with fresh whitewash and new linen curtains.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • Jeremy’s eyes were a whitewashed blue and they seemed to weep when he spoke.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

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  • Dr. Neu didn’t try to whitewash what had happened.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • Sam and David’s was tiny, with its specials listed in whitewash on the steamy front window.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • I look around at the pile of rough-cut wood, the wide whitewashed planks of the porch walls.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • The thin whitewashed wall (thinner than the wall of the slave stockade on the beach) protected her so little.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • The room was whitewashed with aseptic brightness, like that of a laboratory; it was dirt-free, spare, austere.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Whitewashed stucco walls lined with balconies rose three stories high.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • The walls were freshly whitewashed and the floor polished.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • I shrank myself, until my bound hands collided with the whitewashed wall.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • It was my first time in Amsterdam; I’d seen almost nothing of the city and yet the room itself, in its bleak, drafty, sunscrubbed beauty, gave a keen sense of Northern Europe, a model of the Netherlands in miniature: whitewash and Protestant probity, co-mingled with deep-dyed luxury brought in merchant ships from the East.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • There was a line of whitewash near the top of the coaly wall.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • A nice hotel, with whitewashed walls and pillars in the front entrance.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • Like many houses on Tinos, it was made of whitewashed stone, and the roof was flat, with diamond-shaped red tiles.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • * ** The inside of the old hospital had been carefully whitewashed, lending an eerie glow to each of the surfaces.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • Inside, the walls were whitewashed and the floor unpainted.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • It was a large, bare room, made luminous by the clean glow of whitewash.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • C#21 THE ARYAN SHOPKEEPER They stood outside Frau Diller’s, against the whitewashed wall.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • The walls of all the rooms was plastered, and most had carpets on the floors, and the whole house was whitewashed on the outside.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • It was a bright, spotlessly clean room, with whitewashed walls and a big skylight.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • Through this crevice a small room was visible, whitewashed and clean but very bare of furniture.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • I followed him over a low whitewashed railroad fence, and we walked back a hundred yards along the road under Doctor Eckleburg’s persistent stare.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Eaves hung over the whitewashed walls, shadowing the ground below.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • The room is about thirty feet square, with whitewashed walls, bare save for a calendar, a picture of a race horse, and a family tree in a gilded frame.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • The front windows were whitewashed, and large signs painted over them declared GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS on one side of the door and TOTAL NUDITY on the other.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • Dundee Village, where Wes’s new home was located, was a collection of connected, whitewashed homes.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • Tom appeared on the sidewalk with a bucket of whitewash and a long-handled brush.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • He led us down a passage, opened a barred door, passed down a winding stair, and brought us to a whitewashed corridor with a line of doors on each side.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Each man had a shotgun propped against the whitewashed wall beside him.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • It whitewashed life in order to please the money tycoons whom it served.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • You shall go to a place I have in the south of France: a whitewashed villa on the shores of the Mediterranean.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • It glides past the western windows with its villages, their thatched roofs like caps, pulled over the whitewashed, half-timbered houses, its corn-fields, gleaming like mother-of-pearl in the slanting light, its orchards, its barns and old lime trees.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Yesterday, she hadn’t known what patterns blood could make when it sprayed on a whitewashed wall.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • The walls were whitewashed.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • Some days he sells aspirins in the market, all dignified like Dr. Kildare, yet other days he’ll turn up with his body painted top to bottom (and I do mean bottom) in some kind of whitewash.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Tellson’s had whitewashed the Cupid, but he was still to be seen on the ceiling, in the coolest linen, aiming (as he very often does) at money from morning to night.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • The locker was whitewashed and smelled of carbolic acid.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • And there weren’t any at all about the asylum, only a few poor weeny-teeny things out in front with little whitewashed cagey things about them.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • After we passed through Caretta, we reached a fork in the road at a little place called Premier, where there was an old run-down whitewashed brick building called the Spaghetti House.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • The buildings were freshly whitewashed, laid out in neat grids like the camp had been designed by a fussy math teacher.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • WOUNDS OF THEPRESENT When dawn arrived, Roran woke and lay staring at the whitewashed ceiling while he listened to the slow rasp of his own breathing.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • The metal reflectors of the gas-jets sent crude waves of light against the whitewashed walls, and the iron flanks of the stove at the end of the hall looked as though they were heaving with volcanic fires.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
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