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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Psychiatrists called for the prosecution had dismissed claims that Mann had an acute psychotic illness - adding his "rational" response to the crime had been to carefully cover his tracks. Medical records which included frequent visits to doctors and psychiatrists since 2009 had made no mention of hearing voices.
The 33-year-old, who has admitted manslaughter but denies murder, also sent a string of emails to his girlfriend to cover his tracks. Miss Yeates' body was found in a country lane on Christmas morning last year.
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He was using a real insurance claim that had become dormant to cover his tracks. By associating each of the checks with that claim, and writing the checks to either himself or a friend, he was able to go unnoticed--or so he thought.
Following the shooting, Mercer's fellow gang members sprung into action to help him cover his tracks.
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