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cover-up

[kuhv-er-uhp] /ˈkʌv ərˌʌp/
noun
1.
any action, stratagem, or other means of concealing or preventing investigation or exposure.
2.
Also, coverup. any of various women's garments, as loose blouses, jump suits, caftans, or sarongs, worn over a swimsuit, exercise clothing, or the like.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30; noun use of verb phrase cover up
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British Dictionary definitions for coverup

cover-up

noun
1.
concealment or attempted concealment of a mistake, crime, etc
verb (adverb)
2.
(transitive) to cover completely
3.
when intr, often foll by for. to attempt to conceal (a mistake or crime): she tried to cover up for her friend
4.
(intransitive) (boxing) to defend the body and head with the arms
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Word Origin and History for coverup

cover-up

n.

also coverup, "means or act of concealing" some event or activity, 1922, from verbal phrase, from cover (v.) + up (adv.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for coverup

cover-up

noun

Anything designed to conceal or obfuscate the truth by replacement: Sending the Navy south instead of north was an obvious cover-up (1935+)


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