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1. A story that is deemed important enough (or scandalous enough) to be featured on the cover of a magazine. If those two celebrities are getting divorced, that has to be our cover story this week.
2. The story that one tells as an alibi, even though it is untrue. Our cover story is that we had car trouble and that's why we're coming home past curfew, OK?
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1. A featured story in a magazine that concerns the illustration on the cover, as in The earthquake is this week's cover story for all the news magazines. [Mid-1900s]
2. A false story intended to mislead or deceive; also, an alibi. For example, Their cover story while investigating local repair services was that they had just bought the house and were having problems, or The suspect gave the police some cover story about being held up . [Mid-1900s]
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.
- put (someone or something) among (someone or something)
- put among
- large as/larger than life, as
- larger than life
- be larger than life
- better be the head of a dog than the tail of a lion
- put (one's) trousers on one leg at a time (just like everybody else)
- put (one's) pants on one leg at a time (just like everybody else)