from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An effort or strategy of concealment, especially a planned effort to prevent something potentially scandalous from becoming public.
  • noun A loose garment for wear over other clothing, such as a swimsuit or an evening dress.

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  • noun An attempt to conceal or disguise a wrongdoing or a mistake.

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  • noun concealment that attempts to prevent something scandalous from becoming public


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From the verb cover up.


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  • Administration critics have been quick to denounce what they call a cover-up, but they are missing the point. -- Top News 2011

  • "I don't want to use the term 'cover-up' but…" An audience member interrupted me: "Why wouldn't you use that term? News Andrew Brandt 2011

  • "We're not going to hide him in positions just to get a short-term cover-up of what is a fundamental issue," he said. | Top Stories 2011

  • The latest disclosures are likely to fuel concerns already raised by Tomlinson's family that information was withheld in what they have called a "cover-up".

    Ian Tomlinson evidence was held back from IPCC 2011

  • For two years the family of Ian Tomlinson, the newspaper seller unlawfully killed by a police officer, have maintained their belief that police withheld crucial information from them in what they have repeatedly described as a cover-up.

    Ian Tomlinson: key evidence that police withheld from coroner, IPCC and family 2011

  • The newspaper Siyasat-e Rooz in Tehran claimed that “when the enemy is expanding the range of its threats and propaganda constantly,” dispatching journalists to the border “can only be described as a cover-up.”

    Let the Swords Encircle Me Scott Peterson 2010

  • The latest disclosures are likely to fuel concerns already raised by Tomlinson's family that information was withheld in what they have called a "cover-up".

    The Guardian World News Paul Lewis 2011

  • Throw in the News of the World phone-hacking scandal and cover-up, plus issues around confidentiality and the provenance of information – the WikiLeaks revelations, and the Telegraph's use of stolen material to reveal the parliamentary expenses scandal – and we have an ethical minefield and a licence for lawyers to argue and make money.

    Privacy decisions can't just be left to judges and politicians 2011

  • The notion that vaccines might cause autism contains all of the elements of a great story: greedy pharmaceutical companies, government cover-up, uncaring doctors, and parents fighting against all odds for their children.

    Op-eds on vaccines by Paul Offit, MD 2010

  • Kristine Kathryn Rusch's "G-Men" (originally reviewed in Sideways in Crime edited by Lou Anders) is equal parts sixties era detective story and political cover-up.

    REVIEW: The Year's Best Science Fiction #26 edited by Gardner Dozois 2009


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