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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 asstake steps to protect yourself.
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sent. & comp. abb. Do what is necessary to protect yourself from discovery or criticism. (Usually objectionable.) CYA when the shit hits the fan.
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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).