cover (one's) tracks (up)

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cover (one's) tracks (up)

1. Literally, to conceal one's footprints, typically to avoid being followed. Those hounds can track us across rivers, so covering our tracks won't do any good.
2. To conceal the evidence of one's (usually nefarious) actions. We need to cover our tracks before someone traces the bank robbery back to us. I destroyed those incriminating documents to cover my tracks up.
See also: cover, track
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

cover someone's tracks (up)

to conceal one's trail; to conceal one's past activities. She was able to cover her tracks up so that they couldn't pin the charges on her. It's easy to cover up your tracks when the investigators botch their job. The robber failed to cover his tracks.
See also: cover, track
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

cover one's tracks

Conceal one's whereabouts, activities, intentions, or the evidence of one's involvement. For example, No one knows much about where he's been-he's very good at covering his tracks. This term transfers hiding one's footprints to more general activities. [1870s] Also see cover up, def. 2.
See also: cover, track
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

cover your tracks

COMMON If someone covers their tracks, they hide or destroy evidence of what they have done or where they have been. He was a very clever man who never took a chance, a man who totally covered his tracks. The killer may have returned to the scene of the crime to cover his tracks. Note: Tracks here are footprints.
See also: cover, track
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

cover your tracks

conceal evidence of what you have done.
See also: cover, track
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

cover your ˈtracks

be careful not to leave any signs of something secret or illegal that you have been doing: He didn’t want his wife to know he’d met an old girlfriend so he invented a story to cover his tracks.
See also: cover, track
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

cover (one's) tracks

To conceal traces so as to elude pursuers.
See also: cover, track
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Now, as she gets acquainted with her Logan relatives, Flo will be forced to reveal what she's done to her mother, Shauna, as she continues trying to cover her tracks on the Tuesday, April 16 episode of "The Bold and the Beautiful."
However, Flo's big secret has been weighing on her, and after Hope mentions it in front of Shauna (Denise Richards), she will need to quickly cover her tracks as her mother raises questions.
Responsible for getting rents from tenants, she issued false receipts and then destroyed documents to cover her tracks.
Julia Finney's "sophisticated" three-year scam only emerged when she made a PS40 mistake on a transaction as she tried to cover her tracks.
That the monstrous Karen Matthews should attempt to put the blame for Shannon's disappearance on her own dad shows this chain-smoking, boozy slob's desperation to cover her tracks.
A 10-DAY-OLD girl thought to have died in a 1997 fire was actually kidnapped by a woman who started the blaze to cover her tracks, police said in Philadelphia.
In a bid to cover her tracks, she told her boss and boyfriend that she had won the sum in a Reader's Digest competition.
Gibbs, of Worthing, West Sussex, tried to cover her tracks by falsifying records and transferring money.
Detectives found Richardson had been writing company cheques and putting them in her own accounts or cashing them and had manipulated the company's accounting systems to cover her tracks.
Shaken Sam (Kim Medcalf) - who saw what happened - had been helping Chrissie cover her tracks. But she eventually cracks and takes a pickaxe to the grave of Den (left).
Maria Jordan, 41, tried to cover her tracks after failing to attend a hearing over alleged community order breaches.