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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Whitewashed.
 
Said of a person who has taken the benefit of the Insolvent Act. He went to prison covered with debts and soiled with “dirty ways:” he comes out with a clean bill to begin the contest of life afresh.   1
 


 Whitehall (London)Whit-leather. 

 
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