whitewash-v; 3 Senses

Sense Number 1: cover with whitewash

Commentary: Syntax includes: NP1[agent[animate]] WHITEWASH NP2[destination] (PP[theme])

Who whitewashed the church walls?
The monks went ahead and whitewashed the monastery over two days.
They whitewashed the walls with lime.
Maybe they whitewashed the walls with chalk.
The squirrel has whitewashed the walls with his tail.

VerbNet: butter-9.9
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: whitewash.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 2: exonerate by means of an investigation or through biased presentation of data

Commentary: Syntax includes: NP1[agent[animate|organization]] WHITEWASH NP2[source[animate|organization]] (PP[theme]) (PP[predicate]) (PP[instrument])

Attorney General Holder just whitewashed the authors of the torture memos.
This committee whitewashed him in the face of the evidence.
Mahdi Husain, presenting him as a gentle philosopher, all but whitewashed him.
Assistant District Attorneys and favored law firms were also whitewashed of crimes.
They whitewashed him as an advocate of toleration.
The jury completely whitewashed the parson with a verdict against the woman on all points.

VerbNet: cheat-10.6
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: whitewash.02
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 3: cover up a misdemeanor, fault, or error

Commentary: Syntax includes: NP1[agent[animate|organization]] WHITEWASH NP2[theme] (PP[instrument])

Labor historians mostly whitewashed the role of racism in the American labor movement.
Has the Catholic Church whitewashed the unholy truth behind a double murder and suicide at the Vatican?
Mainstream news has whitewashed the truth.
The police's decision whitewashed the disagreements among the investigators.
The "whiteness" has essentially whitewashed the identity of the Middle-Eastern community.
He hasn't whitewashed the truth with the typical right wing rhetoric.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: whitewash.03
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1