from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An effort or strategy of concealment, especially a planned effort to prevent something potentially scandalous from becoming public.
- n. A loose garment for wear over other clothing, such as a swimsuit or an evening dress.
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- n. An attempt to conceal or disguise a wrongdoing or a mistake.
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- n. concealment that attempts to prevent something scandalous from becoming public
Administration critics have been quick to denounce what they call a cover-up, but they are missing the point.
"I don't want to use the term 'cover-up' but…" An audience member interrupted me: "Why wouldn't you use that term?
"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.
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".
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Description: Stargate Command is contacted by a rambling individual who claims to possess full knowledge of a host of government conspiracies, from the Kennedy cover-up to CIA-sanctioned microwave harassment of Libertarian candidates.