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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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cover your tracks

conceal evidence of what you have done.
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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.
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cover (one's) tracks

To conceal traces so as to elude pursuers.
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Although "the callous thieves attempted to cover their tracks by stealing the equipment", officers were still able to download and secure the footage from a central database.
DETECTIVES believe an MI6 spy found dead in a padlocked bag was killed by agents who broke back into his flat after the body was found to cover their tracks.
MURDERERS who battered their victim unconscious then torched his flat to try to cover their tracks have been jailed for life.
GERMANY: Robbers dug a 100-foot tunnel into the safe deposit room of a Berlin bank, inset, and escaped with their haul, starting a fire as they left to cover their tracks.
To cover their tracks, the perpetrators covered the storefront with a fabric of the same colour as the shop's sign, allowing them to steal the goods incognito.
Five former Toronto police drug squad officers who were accused of beating and robbing suspects of drugs and large sums of money will go on trial Monday, accused of a conspiracy in which they allegedly falsified official police records to cover their tracks.
What the boys really should have been doing is coming up with a way to cover their tracks, because it isn't long before the police come calling.
The thieves tried to cover their tracks by putting bin liners over the CCTV cameras but failed and were photographed anyway.
The gang went to great lengths to cover their tracks, wearing gloves and balaclavas and dousing everything they touched in disinfectant.
that several devout Christians on the Dover board, "who so staunchly and proudly touted their religious convictions in public, would time and time again lie to cover their tracks and the real purpose behind the ID Policy.
The government postponed action on climate destabilization and tried to cover their tracks with a wishy-washy anti-pollution program.
Can closeted gay employees cover their tracks at work?
Complicit employees may attempt to cover their tracks by deleting incriminating evidence and can wreak havoc on information systems in a matter of seconds.
The Christmas break and Bank Holiday offers the perfect opportunity for thieves to cover their tracks because fewer staff are in the office, the research suggested.
The third is where fraudsters work alone to produce paperwork to cover their tracks.