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butt-covering exercise

Chinese translation: 推卸责任

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English term or phrase:butt-covering exercise
Chinese translation:推卸责任
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02:44 Mar 8, 2008
English to Chinese translations [PRO]
Tech/Engineering - IT (Information Technology) / PCI
English term or phrase: butt-covering exercise
The PCI Data Security Standard was launched in 2006 by private-sector organizations to improve the security of credit card data. But PCI has instead become a massive {butt-covering exercise} that extends from retailers to auditors to major credit card brands.
clearwater
China
Local time: 11:00
exercise to protecting themselves after things have gone wrong
Explanation:
butt = (US slang) bottom eg She told him to get off his butt and do something useful. (Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)

'butt-covering' 'to cover your butt' = to protect yourself after something has gone wrong.

exercise = an action or actions intended to improve something or make something happen (Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)

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or doing something to make sure there are no unpleasant consequences in the future

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Note added at 6 hrs (2008-03-08 09:03:58 GMT)
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exercise to protecting themselves -> exercise to protect themselves

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Note added at 6 hrs (2008-03-08 09:10:36 GMT)
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http://209.85.173.104/search?q=cache:_VkeCDU2TIsJ:www.nciku....

cover one's ass
[美国英语,动物]遮屁股(官僚分子为日后免露手脚而消灭不利证据的行为)

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ass = (mainly US offensive) arse (= the part of the body that you sit on).
arse = (offensive) the part of your body that you sit on eg She's got a huge arse.
(Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)
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chica nueva
Local time: 15:00
Grading comment
谢谢!
3 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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3 +6exercise to protecting themselves after things have gone wrong
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exercise to protecting themselves after things have gone wrong


Explanation:
butt = (US slang) bottom eg She told him to get off his butt and do something useful. (Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)

'butt-covering' 'to cover your butt' = to protect yourself after something has gone wrong.

exercise = an action or actions intended to improve something or make something happen (Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)

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Note added at 5 hrs (2008-03-08 08:14:49 GMT)
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or doing something to make sure there are no unpleasant consequences in the future

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Note added at 6 hrs (2008-03-08 09:03:58 GMT)
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exercise to protecting themselves -> exercise to protect themselves

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Note added at 6 hrs (2008-03-08 09:10:36 GMT)
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http://209.85.173.104/search?q=cache:_VkeCDU2TIsJ:www.nciku....

cover one's ass
[美国英语,动物]遮屁股(官僚分子为日后免露手脚而消灭不利证据的行为)

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Note added at 20 hrs (2008-03-08 23:27:40 GMT)
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ass = (mainly US offensive) arse (= the part of the body that you sit on).
arse = (offensive) the part of your body that you sit on eg She's got a huge arse.
(Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)

chica nueva
Local time: 15:00
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in category: 381
Grading comment
谢谢!

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Wenjer Leuschel: ass-saving exercise
12 mins
  -> Thank you!

agree  orientalhorizon: 用汉语来说,大致会有两个意思:(1)遮丑、为过错或不利情况打掩护、文过饰非、打马虎眼;(2)采取补救措施。多数情况下是第(1)个意思。
1 hr
  -> Thank you!

agree  William He
5 hrs

agree  Yang Min: 我差点弄成“暗箱操作”了。butt还有“厚皮”的意思。
5 hrs
  -> Thank you!

agree  Lihua Mo: butt 美俚语 ass,bum,back,在But PCI has instead become a massive {butt-covering exercise} that extends from retailers to auditors to major credit card brands.这句话中是不是‘补漏措施’的意思?
1 day50 mins
  -> Thank you!

agree  Danbing HE
22 days
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