cover (one's) bases

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cover (one's) bases

To ensure one's safety or success by dealing with every potentially problematic aspect of a situation or activity. A reference to baseball, in which the defensive players must make sure all bases (and baserunners who may occupy them) are accounted for. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. We have to be sure to cover our bases before the trial begins so that we aren't surprised by anything the prosecution throws our way.
See also: bases, cover
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If we had seven substitutes I'd put a keeper on the bench but as it is I have to cover bases with a defender, a midfielder, a striker and a winger because over the course of a season they will more likely figure than a goalkeeper.
McAulay is thorough--at times, for the impatient reader (like myself), a little too much so (the book originated in a PhD thesis and the need to cover bases can be seen).
He is running to cover bases and back up throws the whole game.
The creation of this new division reflects Premier Logic's commitment to maintaining its top position as more than an IT consulting firm, but a smart group of business and technical leaders who cover bases where their competition does not.
They don't want me to cover bases or take part in any (drill) that has to do with running.
The installations will cover bases around the world, including most of the 50 states, England, Germany, Spain, Japan, Cuba and the Caribbean.
Fortunately, even though the months after the settlement was finalized were characterized by a general sense of uncertainty (and a scramble to cover bases and apply specific solutions to vague remedies), the industry has subsequently made some real progress in moving toward a greater understanding of the new standards.
With sequential read and write speeds up to 240MB/sec, UltraDrive MX2 allows firms to cover bases from lightning fast transaction speeds for database servers to faster load times in high end gaming rigs.