Definition of cover one's ass or back in English:

cover one's ass (or back)

informal Foresee and avoid the possibility of attack or criticism.
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  • If that's not the sign of a man covering his ass, I don't know what is.
  • If Ashcroft was sane, he'd realize it's time to cover his ass by farming this out.
  • Young people should realize that he will not hesitate to put their lives on the line to cover his ass.
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