cover up

This page is about the phrasal verb cover up.

Meaning: to try to stop people finding out about something bad

Synonym: hide, conceal

For example:

  • The school tried to cover up the fact that it had been penalised for tax evasion.

  • Governments try to cover up their mistakes, while journalists try to reveal them.

Quick Quiz:

The politician tried to cover up the fact that he'd been

a. awarded a prize for literature

b. arrested for drunk driving

c. a top student in school

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