cover one's tracks

Conceal one's whereabouts, activities, intentions, or the evidence of one's involvement. For example, No one knows much about where he's been—he's very good at covering his tracks. This term transfers hiding one's footprints to more general activities. [1870s] Also see cover up, def. 2.


Nearby words

  1. cover glass,
  2. cover ground,
  3. cover letter,
  4. cover note,
  5. cover one's ass,
  6. cover point,
  7. cover slip,
  8. cover story,
  9. cover text,
  10. cover the field

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