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Idioms

cover your tracks

This page is about the idiom cover your tracks

Meaning

If you cover your tracks, you make sure no-one can find evidence of what you've done.

For example

  • He's a smart guy and he knew how to cover his tracks so the police couldn't connect him to the crime.

  • Bob didn't cover his tracks well enough, and his wife found a romantic text message that a girl had sent to his phone.

Quick Quiz

After stealing millions of dollars from the company accounts, he covered his tracks by

a. destroying the computer files

b. telling the police he'd done it

c. flying straight to Argentina

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Contributor: Matt Errey