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take cover

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.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

take cover

to seek shelter from gunfire or other projectiles. As soon as the firing started, we took cover behind a huge boulder.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

take cover

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.
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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.

take cover

To seek concealment or protection, as from enemy fire.
See also: cover, take
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.
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Interestingly, the letter informing us of the BSA decision took cover behind "the national religious organizations with the three largest scout memberships: United Methodist, Latter Day Saints, and Roman Catholic." Until now, the strictly nonsectarian BSA had never defined the scout oath's "duty to God" pledge.
The two men took cover after hearing a shot, police said.
A number of shots were heard from the building and the eight-strong patrol took cover before the man, carrying a handgun, emerged from round the corner of the building.
Asked about her lacklustre performance at Wimbledon, she rounded on a reporter's "harsh" questioning and took cover behind accusations of "disrespect".
The police team turned back and took cover inside the Gadu church.
Customers took cover inside, before the premises were evacuated by the police.
For nearly six hours the Jinnah international airport which is close to the old airport terminal was shut down and all flights diverted as heavy exchange of gunfire took place and thick plumes of smoke and fire could be seen rising from inside the runway area where the terrorists took cover in the hanger and engineering workshops.
PANIC erupted in the heart of Manama yesterday when a suspect escaped from police custody and took cover in a hotel parking lot.
Heavily armed troops took cover behind terrified commuters' cars and one driver clasped her hands in prayer as the soldiers weaved through traffic.
"He threw his camera down to retaliate as other members of the crew took cover.
The youngster eventually took cover under a road bridge and fell asleep.
A man walking towards her took cover under some trees and "flashed" at her as she passed.
The match was abandoned after 69 minutes when Rapid fans clashed with police and the players took cover.
Parents and children took cover as seats, bottles and knives were hurled across barriers.