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cover-up

[ kuhv-er-uhp ]
/ ˈkʌv ərˌʌp /
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noun

any action, stratagem, or other means of concealing or preventing investigation or exposure.
Also cov·er·up . any of various women's garments, as loose blouses, jump suits, caftans, or sarongs, worn over a swimsuit, exercise clothing, or the like.

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Origin of cover-up

First recorded in 1925–30; noun use of verb phrase cover up
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British Dictionary definitions for cover-up

cover-up

noun

concealment or attempted concealment of a mistake, crime, etc

verb cover up (adverb)

(tr) 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
(intr) boxing to defend the body and head with the arms
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Idioms and Phrases with cover-up

cover up

1

Wrap up or enfold in order to protect. For example, Be sure to cover up the outdoor furniture in case of rain, or It's cold, so be sure to cover up the baby. [Late 1800s]

2

Conceal something, especially a crime, as in The opposition accused the President of covering up his assistant's suicide. [c. 1920]

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