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Posted by Smokey Stover on May 04, 2006

In Reply to: "CYA" posted by Brian from Shawnee on May 04, 2006

: : I understand what "CYA" and "cover your ass" mean and how to use them. What is the polite, professional way of saying "cover your ass?"

: How about "cover your bases".

"Protect your rear." As military strategy goes, nothing could be more orthodox. Less militarily, but still in a fighting situation, one may hear, "I've got your back covered," or just "I've got your back." In the above sentences, "rear" means rear, and "back" means back. In the office situation, "covering your ass" as risk management has some related language, but none that is as apt. SS