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.

Origin of cover-up

First recorded in 1925–30; noun use of verb phrase cover up Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cover-up

Contemporary Examples of cover-up

Historical Examples of cover-up

  • 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 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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