cover for - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theycover for
he/she/itcovers for
present participlecovering for
past tensecovered for
past participlecovered for
  1. 1
    cover for someone to do someone’s work while they are away or ill

    I’m just covering for Mrs Tyler, so please bear with me.

  2. 2
    cover for someone to protect someone from punishment, for example by telling a lie for them

    If Pauline asks where I am, will you cover for me?

See also main entry: cover