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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.
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cover someone or something up

to place something on someone or something for protection or concealment. Cover the pie up, so Terry won't see it. Cover up Jimmy so he doesn't get cold.
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cover something up

1. Lit. to place some sort of cover on something. Please cover up that mess with a cloth. Cover it up.
2. Fig. to conceal a wrongdoing; to conceal evidence. They tried to cover the crime up, but the single footprint gave them away. She could not cover up her misdeeds.
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cover up

1. Wrap up or enfold in order to protect. For example, Be sure to cover up the outdoor furniture in case of rain, or It's cold, so be sure to cover up the baby. [Late 1800s]
2. Conceal something, especially a crime, as in The opposition accused the President of covering up his assistant's suicide. [c. 1920]
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cover up

1. To spread or extend something over someone or something in order to protect or conceal: We covered up the furniture with a drop cloth before painting the walls. The children covered themselves up with leaves while playing hide and seek.
2. To conceal something, especially wrongdoing or error: The criminal tried to cover up the crime by destroying the evidence. I accidentally overcharged a customer, and my boss told me to cover it up.
3. To put on or wear clothing: My grandmother covers up before going outside to protect herself from the sun.
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n. an act of concealing something. The candidate accused her opponent of a cover-up.
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My film sets out to show how the cover-up was done.
As the cover-up is now at least 40 years old it is unlikely that any of the scientists are around to answer for their crimes.
Pope The current mea culpa by the Pope is expedient in the extreme and seems an obvious case of damage limitation and ignores the cover-ups that were diktats from Rome.
It should go without saying that the ultimate test will be whether the church addresses the cover-ups by church leaders that enabled abusers in Boston, Worcester and other dioceses across the country.
The cover-ups came to light as a result of the death of a young mother in Yokohama in 2002 who was hit by a wheel that flew off a heavy Mitsubishi Fuso truck with a faulty hub.
But angry investors hurled question after question about the cover-ups, demanding that executives do more to make up for wrongdoing and prevent a recurrence.
Fortunately, the record has revealed that an entire decade has elapsed in which sexual abusers have been totally restrained; however, the victims have not been relieved of suffering from the cover-ups that continue to date and they are seeking justice from the corporate bodies.
TEPCO), Hiroshi Araki and Nobuya Minami, said they will resign to take responsibility for the company's cover-up of defects at nuclear plants and punish 33 executives and senior officials at the company in relation to the cover-ups.
The company systematically concealed customer complaints about vehicle defects from around 1977 until the cover-ups came to light last summer.
The cover-ups came to light in a spot inspection undertaken by the Japan Ministry of Transport.
In an internal investigation submitted to the government, Mitsubishi acknowledged that the cover-ups dating back to 1977 were carried out with the full knowledge of workers, managers, even one current board member.
On the social plane, the cover-ups required negated democracy, creating a society where blackmail thrived and ultimately rebounding on the initial corrupter.
The two companies have admitted to covering up information about faulty vehicles in the past, but the planned recalls will cover new cases and are irrelevant to the cover-ups, the sources said.