cov·​er-up ˈkə-vər-ˌəp How to pronounce cover-up (audio)
: a device or stratagem for masking or concealing
his garrulousness is a cover-up for insecurity
: a usually concerted effort to keep an illegal or unethical act or situation from being made public
: a loose outer garment

Examples of cover-up in a Sentence

that contrived burglary was just a cover-up for murder
Recent Examples on the Web Another consists of only an oversize white cover-up, crew socks and red raspberry shoes — plus a larger-than-life No. 2 pencil. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 11 July 2024 Whether you’re headed to the pool in a cover-up or dinner in a dress, these shoes go with both casual and dressy looks. Gabriella Maestri, Travel + Leisure, 10 July 2024 Mainstream Media Goes After Him China owes US $18 trillion for Covid cover-up: Report Watch: AOC still backs Biden, the left says WTF? The Hill, 9 July 2024 The seriousness of his impairment, the subsequent reporting about how tightly the circle has been drawn around him in the White House, and the quiet concern of allied governments implicate dozens, perhaps hundreds, of people in a kind of cover-up. The Editors, National Review, 9 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for cover-up 

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Word History

First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of cover-up was in 1927

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“Cover-up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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: a planned effort to conceal a wrongful act or situation

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