Definition of cover something up in US English:

cover something up

phrasal verb

  • 1Put something on, over, or around something, especially in order to conceal or disguise it.

    • ‘I cover it up with concealer amateurishly, hoping no one will look there long enough to notice the messy make-up.’
    • ‘People do not cover things up, unless there is something to conceal.’
    • ‘He was not able to carry out his crimes of concealment and cover up.’
    • ‘I personally think that's partly due to the fact that you barely even see your skin during the winter - you're always covering it up!’
    • ‘And the petals unfurl, one by one, covering it up, hiding it, shielding it, until it is invisible.’
    • ‘Pichugin covered the drawing up with a piece of white board and hid it in his studio, where it remained for 70 years.’
    • ‘I've seen the cuts they try to cover them up with sweat bands or long-sleeved shirts.’
    • ‘One of them goes, ‘I told you to cover that hole up.’’
    • ‘They covered it up with some awnings and some tarps.’
    1. 1.1 Try to hide or deny the fact of an illegal or illicit action or activity.
      • ‘After all, no one is better than the tobacco industry at covering things up and hiding financial dealings.’
      • ‘But I didn't mean it, and you should believe me despite the fact that I lied earlier to cover it up.’
      • ‘They are well aware of it, and they're covering it up.’
      • ‘And then when they appear as though they are covering it up, it makes you suspicious that it's all true.’
      • ‘For centuries a conspiracy of silence and shame has covered it up, but now we know the facts.’
      • ‘We're far less racist and cruel and we do actually investigate hate crimes now, not just cover them up.’
      • ‘There was always speculation that it might be the Ku Klux Klan and they were covering it up.’
      • ‘Hooliganism is still a problem in this country however much the FA may like to cover it up the simple fact is that it still exists.’
      • ‘Are they covering something up, or just trying to be discrete?’
      • ‘And he isn't apologizing, to the country, for letting the torture happen, or for covering it up.’
      conceal, hide
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