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cov·er-up

or cov·er·up (kŭv′ər-ŭp′)
n.
1. An effort or strategy of concealment, especially a planned effort to prevent something potentially scandalous from becoming public.
2. A loose garment for wear over other clothing, such as a swimsuit or an evening dress.

cover-up

n
concealment or attempted concealment of a mistake, crime, etc
vb (adverb)
1. (tr) to cover completely
2. (when: intr, often foll by for) to attempt to conceal (a mistake or crime): she tried to cover up for her friend.
3. (Boxing) (intr) boxing to defend the body and head with the arms

cov′er-up`



n.
1. any action, stratagem, or other means of concealing or preventing investigation or exposure.
2. any of various women's outer garments, as a loose blouse or caftan.
[1925–30]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cover-up - concealment that attempts to prevent something scandalous from becoming publiccover-up - concealment that attempts to prevent something scandalous from becoming public
concealing, hiding, concealment - the activity of keeping something secret
blue wall, blue wall of silence, wall of silence - the secrecy of police officers who lie or look the other way to protect other police officers; "the blue wall cracked when some officers refused to take part in the cover-up"

cover-up

noun concealment, conspiracy, whitewash (informal), complicity, front, smoke screen, smoke and mirrors He denied there'd been any cover-up of the fraud.
Translations

cover-up

[ˈkʌvərʌp] Nencubrimiento m
there's been a cover-upestán tratando de encubrir el asunto

cover-up

nVertuschung f, → Verschleierung f; the Watergate cover-updie Vertuschung von Watergate

cover-up

[ˈkʌvərˌʌp] noccultamento (di informazioni)

cover

(ˈkavə) verb
1. to put or spread something on, over or in front of. They covered (up) the body with a sheet; My shoes are covered in paint.
2. to be enough to pay for. Will 10 dollars cover your expenses?
3. to travel. We covered forty miles in one day.
4. to stretch over a length of time etc. His diary covered three years.
5. to protect. Are we covered by your car insurance?
6. to report on. I'm covering the race for the local newspaper.
7. to point a gun at. I had him covered.
noun
1. something which covers, especially a cloth over a table, bed etc. a table-cover; a bed-cover; They replaced the cover on the manhole.
2. something that gives protection or shelter. The soldiers took cover from the enemy gunfire; insurance cover.
3. something that hides. He escaped under cover of darkness.
ˈcoverage (-ridʒ) noun
1. the amount of protection given by insurance. insurance coverage.
2. the extent of the inclusion of items in a news report etc. The TV coverage of the Olympic Games was extensive.
ˈcovering noun
My car has a covering of dirt.
ˈcover-girl noun
a girl pictured on a magazine cover.
ˈcover story noun
the main story in a magazine that goes with a picture on the front cover.
ˈcover-up noun
an attempt to hide or conceal (something illegal or dishonest).
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