Meaning of “cover story” in the English Dictionary

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cover storynoun [ C usually singular ]

uk /ˈkʌv.ə ˌstɔː.ri/ us /ˈkʌv.ɚ ˌstɔːr.i/

a report or article connected with the picture on the front of a magazine

a story someone tells in order to hide the truth:

He had created a cover story to protect himself.

Examples from literature

  • Of course, he could be on the lam from somewhere, but in that case why bother with all the cover story? 

(Definition of “cover story” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cover story" in American English

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cover storynoun [ C ]

us /ˈkʌv·ər ˌstɔr·i, ˌstoʊr·i/

a report or article connected with the picture on the front of a magazine

(Definition of “cover story” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)