Covering party

(Mil.) a detachment of troops sent for the protection of another detachment, as of men working in the trenches.

See also: Cover

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The only legitimate criticism of Rik is that it wastes too many resources covering party leaders saying nothing new.
He continued to throw bombs until his arm gave out, and then, joining the covering party, used his rifle with great effect.
Claire Baker's role speaking on Europe and culture issues has been expanded to democracy spokeswoman, also taking in the constitution, while Mary Fee has been chosen as reform spokeswoman, covering party and parliamentary reform.
Protected "by a large covering party comprising the greater part of the 5th South Staffords", the two other Staffordshire battalions set to.
This wave was also detailed to form a covering party for the withdrawal.
The defences finished, call in the covering party, block up the entrance, fall in all on their posts, tell off into three reliefs of which one stays on the alert and provides sentries, at least one to each face; and the others should rest at once, sleeping at their posts, you yourself by a sentry.
There are strict rules covering party donations and ministerial involvement.
Donning their aprons the youngsters brought aviation to life by creating colourful hot air balloons by covering party balloons in sticky paper and paint.
The Electoral Commission said it would be "ratcheting up" the enforcement of the rules covering party finances.
His citation included the words: "He continued to throw bombs until his arm gave out, and then, joining the covering party, used his rifle with great effect.
Try to let every man know before he starts whether he is likely to be for guard, covering party, watering party, or piquet or whatever you can foresee; and if each on arrival in camp gets ready to tackle his job you will save no end of orders, and time, which is camping arrangements means comfort, which spells efficiency.