Definition of cover-up in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkəvərˌəp/
(also coverup)


1An attempt to prevent people’s discovering the truth about a serious mistake or crime.
Example sentences
  • 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.
whitewash, concealment, false front, facade, camouflage, disguise, mask, veneer, pretext
informal blame game
2A loose outer garment, as worn over a swimsuit or exercise outfit.
Example sentences
  • 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.

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Syllabification: cov·er-up

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