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

coverplay
  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: such as

    :  natural shelter for an animal

    :  the factors that provide such shelter

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody

  1. :  any of several hardy gregarious (see gregarious 1a) 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

    :  a stupid, obstinate, or perverse person

  1. :  buttocks

    :  anus

  1. : used as a postpositive intensive especially with words of derogatory implication


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up cover one's/someone's ass? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).