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A volatile colourless liquid distilled from petroleum, used as a paint thinner and solvent.
- ‘After the blaze millions of litres of contaminated water, including white spirit, turpentine, creosote and asbestos, poured into the drain.’
- ‘I am not a paint expert and I didn't know what to do, so I got some white spirit, and removed the paint.’
- ‘An investigation later revealed that fires had been started deliberately in different parts of the house and containers of white spirit or turpentine were recovered.’
- ‘This can be easily removed by the use of solvents such as turpentine or white spirit.’
- ‘The shed was destroyed; apparently he did not know about the inflammable properties of white spirit.’
- ‘She kindly took me into the florists, obtained some white spirit and managed to get a lot of the paint off me so that I could go home.’
- ‘Taunting yobs poured white spirit over a 12-year-old girl before holding lighters up to her body.’
- ‘She finds some white spirit and, without recognising any risk that might be involved, throws a considerable amount over the coal.’
- ‘The privately-owned firm manufactures and packages an array of products including white spirit, methylated spirit, turpentine and creosote.’
- ‘Neighbours said the family had been decorating and flammable paint and white spirit had been stored at the foot of the stairs.’
- ‘What they appear to have done was pour white spirit on front doormats outside the flats, which created heavy smoke logging.’
- ‘I've just finished doing some painting with enamel paint and my room stinks of white spirit.’
- ‘Ms Brogden's car was first vandalised at the beginning of May when white spirit was poured over the bonnet, driver's door and passenger door.’
- ‘I have to find a good alternative to white spirit for thinning inks.’
- ‘C was a 14-year-old remedial school girl who, while hungry and exhausted, set fire to a garden shed by throwing two lighted matches on to the carpeted floor after she had poured white spirit on to it.’
- ‘Mess is averted by having a wet rag - soaked in white spirit for gloss, or water for acrylic paints - to hand at all times, allowing you to clean splashes immediately.’
- ‘There was forensic evidence which indicated that the accelerant used to set the fire was white spirit.’
- ‘Be vigilant not only with medicines but also with common household products, such as bleach, polishes, paint thinners, white spirit, oven cleaners and paint.’
- ‘Rub with a solution of 300 ml white spirit, 300 ml water and a teaspoon of washing-up liquid.’
- ‘If there is any label glue left on the outside of the tins clean it off with white spirit.’
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