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[kuhv-er-uhp] /ˈkʌv ərˌʌp/
any action, stratagem, or other means of concealing or preventing investigation or exposure.
Also, coverup. any of various women's garments, as loose blouses, jump suits, caftans, or sarongs, worn over a swimsuit, exercise clothing, or the like.
Origin of cover-up
First recorded in 1925-30; noun use of verb phrase cover up Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The demand for stores was a cover-up for things already done.

    Talents, Incorporated William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • It possessed two qualities which most other cover-up titles do not have.

    What The Left Hand Was Doing Gordon Randall Garrett
  • But apparently the job was a genuine heist, not a cover-up for something else.

  • And Mannheim was plotting the next phase of the capture—the cover-up.

    Anything You Can Do Gordon Randall Garrett
  • But it wouldn't do to leave a cover-up door like this standing open.

    Winnie Childs C. N. Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for cover-up


concealment or attempted concealment of a mistake, crime, etc
verb (adverb)
(transitive) to cover completely
when intr, often foll by for. to attempt to conceal (a mistake or crime): she tried to cover up for her friend
(intransitive) (boxing) to defend the body and head with the arms
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for cover-up

also coverup, "means or act of concealing" some event or activity, 1922, from verbal phrase, from cover (v.) + up (adv.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for cover-up



Anything designed to conceal or obfuscate the truth by replacement: Sending the Navy south instead of north was an obvious cover-up (1935+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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