Cover your back - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
cover your back
cover (one's) back
To act in order to avoid blame or responsibility for something or prevent oneself from experiencing negative consequences. I immediately covered my back by saying that I wasn't home when the puppy got out.
cover your back BRITISH, AMERICAN or
cover your ass AMERICAN, RUDE
If you do something in order to cover your back, you do it in order to protect yourself, for example against criticism or against accusations of doing something wrong. He had covered his back by persuading Evans, chairman of their finance committee, to provide a written approval for the contract. Newspaper editors have to cover their backs against accusations of libel.
cover your back foresee and avoid the possibility of attack or criticism. informal
cover your ˈback (informal) (American English also cover your ˈass taboo, slang) realize that you may be attacked or criticized for something later and make sure you avoid this: Cover your back by getting everything in writing. OPPOSITE: (lay/leave yourself) wide open (to something)
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Corporate governance regulations combined with an all-pervasive "cover your back
" mentality means that we save more of our email correspondence than ever before.
* You have to set yourself so you can get a shot at the most likely approaches with the least movement, then try to cover your back
door with camouflage, such as natural foliage or netting, so that any movement you have to make is relatively concealed.
`While you're covering the backs of your fellow soldiers in Afghanistan, we will cover your backs
here at home,' he said.