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cover (one's) ass

rude slang To act in order to avoid blame or responsibility for something or prevent oneself from experiencing negative consequences. I immediately covered my ass by saying that I wasn't home when the puppy got out. Politicians don't care about the outcome of the vote, they just care about covering their asses.
See also: ass, cover


rude slang An initialism of "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.
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cover your ass

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


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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).
See also: ass, cover
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The morphological characteristics of the fungal isolates were studied by growing on PDA, CYA, MEA and Sabouraud dextrose agar (SDA) media.
Compared with DM + EtOH I/R group, LDH release was increased in DM + EtOH + CYA I/R, DM + EtOH + Atr I/R, and DM + EtOH + Wor I/R groups (Table 2).
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