Meaning of cover-up in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkʌvərʌp/

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  • 1An attempt to prevent people discovering the truth about a serious mistake or crime.

    ‘he is alleging a cover-up and calling for an investigation’
    • ‘For them, the cover-up of serious crimes is a way of life, a feature of their everyday business.’
    • ‘Her crime was to attempt a cover-up of something that wasn't a crime.’
    • ‘She refused to apologise on behalf of her Department and denied any attempt at a cover-up or bid to suppress the news.’
    • ‘These revealed the President's close involvement in the original crime and its subsequent cover-up.’
    • ‘Many suing chaplains claim cover-ups of such crimes are commonplace.’
    • ‘Maybe he had better try to change the cover-ups to the truth.’
    • ‘In fact, the accounts are contradictory and smack of a rather crude attempt at a cover-up.’
    • ‘One simple fact shows very clearly the extent to which a genuine cover-up of the truth exists.’
    • ‘The director will also ensure police are immediately called to investigate incidents to prevent allegations of cover-ups.’
    • ‘Your pitiful attempt at a cover-up afterwards only cost us more trouble.’
    • ‘It sounds as though the trust was attempting a cover-up.’
    • ‘Inference is drawn that an alleged cover-up automatically implies the truth of the hypothesis.’
    • ‘However, they did not realise that the DNA test would also be able to expose their attempts at a cover-up.’
    • ‘She soon discovers a cover-up involving contaminated water in a local community.’
    • ‘It may be that we are faced with a serious cover-up which goes to the highest levels.’
    • ‘And when you do it to discredit someone who is telling the truth it's a cover-up.’
    • ‘What must it be like to be a CSO in a company whose senior management is up to their eyeballs in fraud and cover-ups?’
    • ‘Trent said: ‘Autocracy leads to corruption, which leads to cover-ups and cover-ups lead to more corruption.’’
    • ‘A string of safety problems and attempted cover-ups since then has undermined public faith in nuclear energy.’
    • ‘If so, as so often, the attempted cover-up is far more culpable than the initial flaring of temper.’
    whitewash, concealment, deception, suppression, false front, facade, veneer, pretext
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  • 2A loose outer garment, as worn over a swimsuit or exercise outfit.

    ‘She ended up wearing swimsuit cover-ups instead.’
    • ‘The beloved long pareo, the swimsuit cover-up of choice for so many years, has shrunk to next to nothing.’
    • ‘I can't believe it's a coincidence that women designers have led us towards this long-overdue cover-up.’