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cover (one's) back

To act in order to avoid blame or responsibility for something or prevent oneself from experiencing negative consequences. I immediately covered my back by saying that I wasn't home when the puppy got out.
See also: back, cover

cover your back

BRITISH, AMERICAN or

cover your ass

AMERICAN, RUDE
If you do something in order to cover your back, you do it in order to protect yourself, for example against criticism or against accusations of doing something wrong. He had covered his back by persuading Evans, chairman of their finance committee, to provide a written approval for the contract. Newspaper editors have to cover their backs against accusations of libel.
See also: back, cover

cover your back

foresee and avoid the possibility of attack or criticism. informal
See also: back, cover

cover your ˈback

(informal) (American English also cover your ˈass taboo, slang) realize that you may be attacked or criticized for something later and make sure you avoid this: Cover your back by getting everything in writing. OPPOSITE: (lay/leave yourself) wide open (to something)
See also: back, cover
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When full, I tap the metal cover back in place and seal it with a strip of duct tape to ensure that it doesn't accidently get dumped.
The bride featured on that cover back in 1989 was Lisa Rooks.
When you're finished running the IECU, put the cover back on.
Layyoun gave a word during the press conference, saying that the fair would cover back a 60-century period of Lebanon's history and would exhibit the sects and cultures of the peoples that lived in Lebanon.
I was excited to see the Rolling Huts in Methow Valley, Washington, featured on your cover back in December 2010, This past winter, we finally got our chance to stay in them.
The system is able to make either a full cover back coating or an appliation with a stripe pattern according to the different tuft gauges of the turf.
Mr Edwards said the 24-year-old told officers he was "just putting the cover back on", but there was a pungent smell of gas in the air.
Calculation of the width of the hard cover back's width inaccuracy (1 method) Pavadinimas Puslapio Reali Apskaiciuota storis, mm nugarele, mm nugarele, mm Ragana 0,142 12 12,2 Stora roma ..
It's no accident that Guillermo del Toro's decision to render Rage Bizzio's sixth novel as a film is plastered on the novel's front cover back cover and interior: watching Mar&237;a observe (and commit) act after debaucherous act will surely yield a sensational gripping movie.
"At the moment it looks like a moonscape; it's going to take five years to get the vegetation cover back and at least 10 years before it's back to what it was before the fire.