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cover up

1. verb To place a covering on someone or something, as for protection. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cover" and "up." Let me just cover up these leftovers so you can take them with you. I'm so fair-skinned that I have to cover myself up before spending time in the sun.
2. To clothe oneself. I'll answer the door in a moment, I just need to cover up first.
3. verb To conceal the evidence of one's (usually nefarious) actions. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cover" and "up." I just know that the CEO is covering something up—why else would those documents suddenly go missing? The administration is clearly trying to cover up the scandal.
4. noun The act of concealing the evidence of nefarious actions. When used as a noun, the phrase is typically hyphenated or written as one word. Their cover-up unraveled when the CEO's secretary confessed to his wrongdoing. The administration is clearly engaging in a coverup to hide the scandal.
5. noun An article of clothing worn over other clothing, such as a bathing suit. When used as a noun, the phrase is typically hyphenated. Once it got breezy on the beach, I put my cover-up back on.
See also: cover, up

cover-up

n. an act of concealing something. The candidate accused her opponent of a cover-up.
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Pope The current mea culpa by the Pope is expedient in the extreme and seems an obvious case of damage limitation and ignores the cover-ups that were diktats from Rome.
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But, to all appearances, church officials in Cornwall behaved as though these documents had never existed, and as though similar cover-ups had not brought great discredit on the Church in the past.
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TEPCO on Friday revealed eight more cases of cover-ups of damage at nuclear power plants on top of the 29 it had earlier reported.
The executives subject to the punishment include a then head and general manager of nuclear plants at the time of the cover-ups, as well as a general manager in charge of managing nuclear plants at the headquarters, they said.
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But that was before someone found further evidence lying on a coffee table in the White House near the first family's private quarters that would explain the cover-up rumors.
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That was fundamentally wrong and highlights the need for a public inquiry into the mistakes and cover-ups that have happened in this case since the start.
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