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Difference between Cover for someone and Cover up for someone

cover for someone

1. carry out the duties of a fellow employee, absent through sickness, etc.:

  • You’ll need to apply for the sabbatical and train those who will cover for you while you’re gone.

2. conceal smb.’s wrongdoing; provide an excuse for a person:

  • She said that Zaikas had covered for Isaac, who was a party to the state-hospital scandal.

Note: The expression does not correlate in meaning with the phrase get someone covered—provide a person with medical insurance:

  • Since he has never had an injury history it was pretty easy to get him covered.

cover up for someone— = cover for someone 2:

  • I shall really have to teach Neil how to lie effectively if I’m going to expect him to cover up for me.