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To hide behind something to protect oneself from some airborne danger, especially gunfire or missiles. The police officer took cover behind a car as the shooter sprayed bullets in her direction. Citizens have been taking cover for nearly a week the enemy's bombardment has continued unabated.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
to seek shelter from gunfire or other projectiles. As soon as the firing started, we took cover behind a huge boulder.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Seek protection, find a hiding place, as in It started to pour so we took cover under the trees, or He wanted to avoid the reporters so we said he could take cover in our summer cottage. This term uses cover in the sense of "shelter" or "concealment," a usage dating from the 1400s.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
To seek concealment or protection, as from enemy fire.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.