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cover up

1. verb To place a covering on someone or something, as for protection. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cover" and "up." Let me just cover up these leftovers so you can take them with you. I'm so fair-skinned that I have to cover myself up before spending time in the sun.
2. To clothe oneself. I'll answer the door in a moment, I just need to cover up first.
3. verb To conceal the evidence of one's (usually nefarious) actions. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cover" and "up." I just know that the CEO is covering something up—why else would those documents suddenly go missing? The administration is clearly trying to cover up the scandal.
4. noun The act of concealing the evidence of nefarious actions. When used as a noun, the phrase is typically hyphenated or written as one word. Their cover-up unraveled when the CEO's secretary confessed to his wrongdoing. The administration is clearly engaging in a coverup to hide the scandal.
5. noun An article of clothing worn over other clothing, such as a bathing suit. When used as a noun, the phrase is typically hyphenated. Once it got breezy on the beach, I put my cover-up back on.
See also: cover, up

cover-up

n. an act of concealing something. The candidate accused her opponent of a cover-up.
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TEPCO on Friday revealed eight more cases of cover-ups of damage at nuclear power plants on top of the 29 it had earlier reported.
The recent revelations of the cover-ups at TEPCO, Japan's largest power utility, forced five of its top management, including the president and chairman, to announce earlier this month that they will resign.
AS the saying goes, you get famous cover-ups and successful coverups - but no famous successful cover-ups.
Breach of Trust was designed to increase awareness of sexual abuse and to "promote actions that will purge this evil from society and the Church." But, to all appearances, church officials in Cornwall behaved as though these documents had never existed, and as though similar cover-ups had not brought great discredit on the Church in the past.
So, if he is against secrecy about cover-ups, on Monday morning, we would be seeing those archives and criminal evidence released."
But a cover-up is as much part of the beach/pool wardrobe as the bikini or swimsuit itself, and in fact many are sold as part of a set or designed to work together with links in colour, fabric type or embellishment, in order to create a fully co-ordinating holiday wardrobe.
In response to Mitsubishi Motors' defect cover-ups, the ministry decided Friday to launch a task force for improvement of the vehicle recall system.
The officials will also hear explanations on steps to prevent falsification and cover-ups, they said.
The report draws on documented cases of abuse and deliberate cover-ups by church officials.
But I have seen too many cover-ups, lies, double dealing, hypocrisy, weasel words, inhumanity and political chicanery over this scandal to get too excited.
You might say Kenneth Johnson has a philosophy that's in step with this era of alleged UFO cover-ups, White House prosecutor Kenneth Starr and X-Files paranoia: trust no one.
FRESH claims of Sinn Fein sex abuse cover-ups emerged yesterday, prompting further calls for the Government to set up a Commission of Inquiry.
As well as pretty summer dresses and bright cover-ups for women, the ranges'highlights include lightweight linen shirts and casual shorts in neutral shades for men.
There's also a whole host of tasty cover-ups for those who don't want to put their sun-shy bikini bodies in full view, gorgeous sunglasses for a touch of mystique, flip flops, jewellery and sun hats guaranteed to make you dazzle by the poolside.
We are sick to death of hypocrisy and lies and cover-ups from New Labour, who treat the public with disdain.