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cover one's/someone's ass

Definition of cover one's/someone's ass

chiefly US informal

  1. :  to keep oneself/someone else from being blamed or punished <I wish he'd admit to his mistakes instead of always trying to cover his ass.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to guard from attack

    :  to have within the range of one's guns :  command

    :  to hold within range of an aimed firearm

  1. :  something that protects, shelters, or guards: as

    :  natural shelter for an animal

    :  the factors that provide such shelter

  1. :  some person :  somebody

  1. :  any of several hardy gregarious African or Asian perissodactyl mammals (genus Equus) smaller than the horse and having long ears

    :  an African mammal (E. asinus) that is the ancestor of the donkey

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a very small amount

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