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 for Under cover
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cover \Cov"er\ (k?v"?r), n.
     1. Anything which is laid, set, or spread, upon, about, or
        over, another thing; an envelope; a lid; as, the cover of
        a book.
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     2. Anything which veils or conceals; a screen; disguise; a
        cloak. "Under cover of the night." -- Macaulay.
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              A handsome cover for imperfections.   --Collier.
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     3. Shelter; protection; as, the troops fought under cover of
        the batteries; the woods afforded a good cover.
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              Being compelled to lodge in the field . . . whilst
              his army was under cover, they might be forced to
              retire.                               --Clarendon.
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     4. (Hunting) The woods, underbrush, etc., which shelter and
        conceal game; covert; as, to beat a cover; to ride to
        cover.
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     5. That portion of a slate, tile, or shingle, which is hidden
        by the overlap of the course above. --Knight.
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     6. (Steam Engine) The lap of a slide valve.
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     7. [Cf. F. couvert.] A tablecloth, and the other table
        furniture; esp., the table furniture for the use of one
        person at a meal; as, covers were laid for fifty guests.
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     To break cover, to start from a covert or lair; -- said of
        game.
  
     Under cover, in an envelope, or within a letter; -- said of
        a written message.
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              Letters . . . dispatched under cover to her
              ladyship.                             --Thackeray.
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