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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cover-upverb

    concealment that attempts to prevent something scandalous from becoming public

  2. cover, cover upverb

    hide from view or knowledge

    "The President covered the fact that he bugged the offices in the White House"


  1. cover-upnoun

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

  2. Etymology: From cover up


  1. Cover-up

    A cover-up is an attempt, whether successful or not, to conceal evidence of wrongdoing, error, incompetence or other embarrassing information. In a passive cover-up information is simply not provided; in an active cover-up deception is used. The expression is usually applied to people in positions of authority who abuse their power to avoid or silence criticism or to deflect guilt of wrongdoing. Those who initiate a cover up may be responsible for a misdeed, a breach of trust or duty or a crime. While the terms are often used interchangeably, cover-up involves withholding incriminatory evidence, while whitewash involves releasing misleading evidence.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cover-up in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cover-up in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of cover-up in a Sentence

  1. Ron Haley:

    Everyone that put their hands on Ronald Greene should be arrested and two minutes after they are arrested, anyone that participated in the cover-up should follow them right into the jail cell.

  2. Assemblyman Ron Kim:

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called me directly on Thursday to threaten my career if I did not cover up for Melissa [ DeRosa ] and what she said. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo tried to pressure me to issue a statement, and it was a very traumatizing experience.

  3. Michael Cohen:

    Recently, the President tweeted a statement calling me' weak,' and he was correct, but for a much different reason than he was implying, it was because time and time again I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds rather than to listen to my own inner voice and my moral compass.

  4. Hunter Biden:

    This was an all-hands-on-deck type cover-up, so it wasn't enough just to have the media black it out. This had to be a sort of complete blanketing of the story, and that requires not allowing people to talk about it on social media because it wouldn't have mattered if The New York Times didn’t cover it if all of Twitter and all of Facebook and all of LinkedIn and Instagram … was speaking about it anyways.

  5. Zhang Xianling:

    So we think that the crime of murder is also not easy to cover up, your killing of people in China was even more brutal than what happened during the war.

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    brought into agreement or cooperation on the side of a faction, party, or cause
    • A. obnoxious
    • B. noninvasive
    • C. aligned
    • D. dependable

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