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English definition of “cover your backside/behind/rear”

cover your backside/behind/rear

very informal ( also UK offensive cover your arse, also US offensive cover your ass/butt)
to do something to protect yourself from blame or criticism in the future: He'd do anything to cover his ass, including lie, cheat, and murder.
(Definition of cover your backside/behind/rear from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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