cover your tracks


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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 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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Sentencing him, judge Lord Hardie said: "You attempted to cover your tracks by washing the knife and perhaps also attempting to clean blood from your trainers and jeans.
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You falsified not only accounting records but you created documents to cover your tracks as that seemed to you to be appropriate.
Losing all your browser records is a very big price to pay for simply wanting to cover your tracks after a single browsing session," said Gomes.