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.

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