cover-up

noun cov·er-up \ ˈkə-vər-ˌəp \

Definition of cover-up

1 a : 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

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in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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COVER-UP Defined for English Language Learners

cover-up

Definition of cover-up for English Language Learners

  • : 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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