cover-up

noun
cov·​er-up | \ ˈkə-vər-ˌəp How to pronounce cover-up (audio) \

Definition of cover-up

1a : a device or stratagem for masking or concealing his garrulousness is a cover-up for insecurity
b : a usually concerted effort to keep an illegal or unethical act or situation from being made public
2 : a loose outer garment

First Known Use of cover-up

1927, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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cover-up

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cover-up

: a planned effort to hide a dishonest, immoral, or illegal act or situation
: an action or a way of behaving that is meant to prevent people from knowing about something

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