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cover one's ass


: writing long cover-your-ass memos

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To provide or arrange for exculpation; devise excuses and alibis: Some call it ''risk management,'' others ''covering your ass''/ The FBI may have to let you be destroyed to cover its own ass/ CYA, you know, that old French expression that means making sure that when historians write about it all it won't be seen as happening on your shift

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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