verb (used with object)
- to act as a reporter or reviewer of (an event, a field of interest, a performance, etc.); have as an assignment: She covers sports for the paper.
- to publish or broadcast a report or reports of (a news item, a series of related events, etc.): The press covered the trial in great detail.
- to be in line with by occupying a position directly before or behind.
- to protect (a soldier, force, or military position) during an expected period of ground combat by taking a position from which any hostile troops can be fired upon.
verb (used without object)
- an envelope or outer wrapping for mail.
- a letter folded so that the address may be placed on the outside and the missive mailed.
- to cover completely; enfold.
- to keep secret; conceal: She tried to cover up her part in the plot.
- clandestinely; secretly: Arrangements for the escape were made under cover.
- within an envelope: The report will be mailed to you under separate cover.
Origin of cover
British Dictionary definitions for break cover
verb (mainly tr)
- to insure against loss, risk, etc
- to provide for (loss, risk, etc) by insurance
- a blanket used on a bed for warmth
- another word for bedspread
- an entire envelope that has been postmarked
- on cover (of a postage stamp) kept in this form by collectors
- (often plural) the area more or less at right angles to the pitch on the off side and usually about halfway to the boundaryto field in the covers
- (as modifier)a cover drive by a batsman
- Also called: cover point a fielder in such a position
Derived Formscoverable, adjectivecoverer, nouncoverless, adjective
Word Origin for cover
Idioms and Phrases with break cover (1 of 2)
Suddenly emerge from a hiding place, as in The shots distracted our pursuers long enough so that we could break cover and make a run for it. This term originally alluded to animals being hunted, a frequent usage in the 16th century. Now that hunting is a less common pursuit, it is used for human beings.
Idioms and Phrases with break cover (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with cover
- cover for
- cover girl
- cover ground
- cover one's ass
- cover one's tracks
- cover story
- cover the field
- cover up
- blow one's cover
- break cover
- judge a book by its cover
- (cover a) multitude of sins
- take cover
- under cover