Also, cover up for. Conceal a wrongdoing or wrongdoer, as in Bill was supposed to be on duty but went to a ballgame and Alan agreed to cover for him or I covered up for my friend when her mother called to find out where she was. [ 1960s ]
Also see: cover up, def. 2.
Substitute for someone, act on someone’s behalf, as in Mary was asked to cover for Joe while he was on jury duty. [ c. 1970 ]
cover for something. Provide protection against some hazard, as in This policy covers the house for fire but not for theft. This idiom employs the verb to cover in the sense of “protect” or “shield,” a usage dating from the 13th century.
noun 1. a thin, round or square piece of glass used to cover an object mounted on a slide for microscopic observation. noun 1. a thin square of mounted glass used to protect a photographic slide
noun 1. an attractive young woman whose picture is featured on a magazine cover. noun 1. a girl, esp a glamorous one, whose picture appears on the cover of a newspaper or magazine modifier : It doesn’t seem fair that their cover-girl looks should obscure the vast athletic skills displayed between the lines noun phrase […]
[kuhv-er-ing] /ˈkʌv ər ɪŋ/ noun 1. something laid over or wrapped around a thing, especially for concealment, protection, or warmth. 2. Mathematics. (def 50). 3. the buying of securities or commodities that one has sold short, in order to return them to the person from whom they were borrowed. [kuhv-er] /ˈkʌv ər/ verb (used with […]
- Covering fire
noun 1. (military) firing intended to protect an individual or formation making a movement by forcing the enemy to take cover