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  • 1An attempt to prevent people discovering the truth about a serious mistake or crime: they claim he did not gun down the president and insist there was a cover-up
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    • 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, deception, suppression, false front, facade, veneer, pretext; -gate, camouflage, disguise, mask
  • 2A loose outer garment, as worn over a swimsuit or exercise outfit.
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    • 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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