One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Not openly acknowledged or displayed.‘covert operations against the dictatorship’
secret, furtive, clandestine, surreptitious, stealthy, cloak-and-dagger, hole-and-corner, hole-in-the-corner, closet, behind-the-scenes, backstairs, back-alley, under-the-table, hugger-mugger, concealed, hidden, privateView synonyms
- ‘It is quite appropriate that the bill states what it does to govern the use of covert devices by the authorities.’
- ‘But a covert Russian secret police agent discovers them and the chase is on.’
- ‘Because the system is wholly passive, it's well suited to covert surveillance.’
- ‘Critics of the war have called for more covert action as an alternative to bombing.’
- ‘It's all about covert operations and leaving as little evidence and traces as possible.’
- ‘During this period a few Swedish divers had carried out covert night dives on the wrecks.’
- ‘As a covert operative she made trips abroad to exploit her expertise in unconventional weapons.’
- ‘Many of our mechanisms to develop and deliver rights protection contain covert begging processes.’
- ‘Clearly, this bill provides the victims of covert filming with an effective response.’
- ‘- US Federal Law prohibits the unauthorised disclosure of a covert agent's name.’
- ‘Police have been monitoring the site and using covert surveillance to trap the troublemakers.’
- ‘It may include dramatic strikes visible on TV, and covert operations, secret even in success.’
- ‘It is people like you that the secret services choose for their most dangerous covert operations.’
- ‘Besides relying on information from residents, they also carry out covert and overt patrols.’
- ‘First, environmental justifications for trade restrictions are sometimes little more than covert protectionism.’
- ‘Similarly, the law cannot be used to address the growing problem of covert filming.’
- ‘You proceed with the covert actions, which I think are probably under way.’
- ‘Police are replacing the battering ram with the more covert ways of catching the dealers.’
- ‘The boat was sunk by a covert operations team to discourage other illegal aliens from making the trip.’
- ‘This seems to have been the thinking behind the reported covert operation to eliminate the leader in the mid-1990s.’
(of a woman) married and under the authority and protection of her husband.
1A thicket in which game can hide.
undergrowth, vegetation, shrubbery, greenery, ground cover, underwood, copsewood, brushwood, brush, scrub, underscrubView synonyms
- ‘He whirred from his seat like a surprised partridge beaten from a covert.’
- ‘He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens.’
- ‘So hunts moved into direct land management, buying and planting small pieces of rough scrub as coverts.’
- ‘In the early nineteenth-century the area was described as a ‘first-rate covert for game and a favourable resort of sportsmen.’’
- ‘I couldn't help but admire the beautifully laid out game crops and newly-planted coverts.’
- ‘Knowing he was in there we called up the beaters and they went through the covert from end to end.’
- ‘Mounted hunters and foot followers, accompanied by novice hounds and men wielding whips and spades, surround fox coverts at dawn.’
- ‘The only man to poach another's foxes was one whose own coverts were bare, never a poor man looking for his dinner.’
- ‘He can capably hunt bobwhite quail and pheasants in the brushy coverts.’
- ‘Landowners who did not hunt were still expected to plant and maintain gorse coverts.’
Any of the feathers covering the bases of the main flight or tail feathers of a bird.
plume, quillView synonyms
- ‘The name of these birds comes from the vivid red coloring of the wing coverts.’
- ‘Males are mostly green with red sides to the body and red underwing coverts, with some blue in the wings and tail.’
- ‘Females also have red wing coverts but to a lesser extent.’
- ‘Its belly and underwing coverts were dark, but his tail was red.’
- ‘The flight feathers are black, and the upper tail coverts and rump area are cobalt blue.’
- ‘The bird was black above with a white eyebrow and limited white on the wing coverts.’
Middle English (in the general senses ‘covered’ and ‘a cover’): from Old French, ‘covered’, past participle of covrir (see cover).
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