Idiom of the Week – Week 50

Each week of 2017 we present an English idiom.

“cover your back”:  take action to protect yourself; sich absichern

Example 1:  Just to cover my back in case there are questions later, I’ve sent an email that documents what we agreed when we met in person.

Example 2:  Companies often hope that product liability disclaimers cover their backs in case a product is used incorrectly by a consumer.

Mindy Ehrhart Krull
About the author

Originally from the US, Mindy Ehrhart Krull holds a master's degree in journalism and has been teaching English and working as an author, editor and proofreader in Germany since 2008.

At DELS, she leads a team of several English trainers and language professionals.

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