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rude slang An abbreviation for "cover your ass," meaning to act in order to avoid blame or responsibility for something or prevent oneself from experiencing negative consequences. Hey, if you weren't home when the puppy got out, CYA. You're like every other politician: you don't care about the outcome of the vote, you just CYA.

cover your ass

take steps to protect yourself.
See also: ass, cover

Cover your ass

and CYA
sent. & comp. abb. Do what is necessary to protect yourself from discovery or criticism. (Usually objectionable.) CYA when the shit hits the fan.
See also: ass, cover



cover one's/your ass (CYA)

Protect oneself in case of failure, avoid being blamed for something. This rather rude expression dates from the 1950s and may have originated in the military. It has since been used in many different contexts. For example, the McLaughlin Group, a television panel, used the acronymic form: “Is he a hero . . . [or] a CYA practitioner?” (July 26, 1987).
See also: ass, cover
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