cover (one's) ass

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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

cover one's ass

Also, cover one's hide or oneself . Make excuses or otherwise take action to avoid being blamed, punished, or harmed. For example, The first thing you learn in the army is to cover your ass, or Jane is ingenious at finding ways to cover her hide. The first phrase, considered vulgar slang, dates from the 1960s; the variants are more polite.
See also: ass, cover

cover your ass

take steps to protect yourself.
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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

cover (one's) ass

Vulgar Slang To take measures to avoid being held responsible if something goes wrong.
See also: ass, cover
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As one TSA supervisor said to me after my own sexualized pat-down, "This is about bureaucracy - people trying to cover their asses - and there is a ton of money involved as well.
Sure, there are some bright people, but it's largely run by lawyers and accountants and they want to cover their asses every single step of the way.
senator father (Robert Wagner) to assist her cause, and myopic government bureaucrats will cover their asses by blocking the scientists' effort to blunt the massive storm due to decimate Washington.
Their goal," he said, "is to write good memos, cover their asses, finagle promotions, wheedle raises and plump up their resumes so they can move elsewhere.
I'm very busy and have no time to deal with people who prefer to do nothing but cover their asses," Assange was reported to have replied.