to cover for someone

Idiom Definition

"to cover for someone"

Idiom Definition - to cover for someone

to do someone's job while they are away or not able to do their job


"to cover for someone"

Idiom Definition - to cover for someone

to help someone by providing an alibi or doing something so that the person is not caught doing something they shouldn't be doing


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to cover for someone

Two co-workers are talking ...

Co-worker 1: I have a big problem.

Co-worker 2: What's that?

Co-worker 1: I really need to get to my dentist appointment this afternoon. I have a tooth that is giving me a lot of pain. How can I get time off to go to the dentist?

Co-worker 2: Don't worry! Call-forward your phone and I will cover for you.

Co-worker 1: Thanks so much. I will return as soon as I can.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - to cover for someone

Two teenagers are talking about not going to school the following day ...

Teenager 1: Hey, do you want to play hooky from school tomorrow?

Teenager 2: That would be great. It's Friday tomorrow.

Teenager 1: How can we keep it secret that we missed school?

Teenager 2: We can ask a classmate to cover for us.

Teenager 1: It could work but I'll be in such big trouble if my mother catches wind.

Teenager 2: Don't worry! She will never know.

to cover for someone - Usage:


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to cover for someone - Gerund Form:

Covering for someone at work means they that owe you a favor.

to cover for someone - Examples:

1)  I'll have to get someone to cover for me.

2)  I asked Mollie if she could cover for me while I go to Nathaniel.

3)  Instead of having a sub come in and cover for a sick colleague, we are expected to cover the sick colleague's class.

4)  Sam, ask someone to cover for your classes.

5)  So they knew they would need additional vets to cover for whoever may have gotten traded

6)  Isn't it nice having a mainstream media that will cover for you?

7)  It seems to me you spend an inordinate amount of capital trying to cover for the nutjobs that inhabit the progressive wing of your party.

8)  Or perhaps it's the reverse, with the serious subject just a cover for a decorous sex farce.

9)  It was designed to force scary budget changes as a cover for safety net reductions.

10)  She may have been trying to cover for the real source of her info.

11)  Yes it was dangerous but we still had a couple guys back to cover for him.

12)  Now he doesn't get forward as much as there are less players to cover for him.

13)  He -- grossly unfairly - gets away with so bloody much because his media mates cover for him.

14)  In another month she'll be asking everyone to cover for her and do her favors.

15)  They will certainly need something to cover for her blatant lack of talent.

16)  Am I obliged to cover for her as it would be a large amount of extra work for many months?

17) She keeps saying if I'm her true friend I will cover for her

18)  She trained me in advance to cover for her.

19)  Tax free status to some mean the others will have to cover for them.

20)  The senior levels of government have walked away from the issue, leaving cities to cover for them.