I've seen "get to cover" in a Overwatch (a team-based multiplayer first-person shooter video game) cinematic trailer.

I don't understand what get to cover means.

  • It could mean "allowed to provide coverage on", or it might mean, "allowed to perform another's song" or it might mean "Run and hide under something".
    – Jim
    Sep 28, 2016 at 5:25
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    2:29 seconds of my life that I'll never get back. It means go to a place of safety.
    – deadrat
    Sep 28, 2016 at 5:39
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Firstly, Overwatch is a team-based multiplayer first-person shooter video game.

In that context, get to cover means taking shelter below something so that it would protect the soldier from incoming fire and bomb splinters. For example:

When you’re sitting in ambush position you want to be sure that the enemy is coming into your fire, if they don’t you have just wasted 2 minutes sitting around as a noob, plan ahead and be sure, if you are forced to sit and defend because no one else is helping on the flank, you’re doing the right thing, you don’t want to overextend yourself in such situation, you want a place where you can get to cover fast and you’re 100% sure to get the first shot in.

And "take cover" is more commonly used than "get to cover". They both have the same meaning.


In the context of "Overwatch" (a first person shooter), "get to cover" means get behind something so that the bad guys can't shoot you.


getting behind something to be safe. For example: gettocover

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    That screenshot doesn't show anything to people unfamiliar with the term. Moreover, four of those guys are very much not in cover.
    – Helmar
    Sep 28, 2016 at 10:51
  • The guy in the back of brown wall is in cover, which is the guy playing right now. First person shooter.
    – takobaba
    Sep 29, 2016 at 1:19
  • The guy playing right now is the one who's arms we are seeing. Also very much not in cover.
    – Helmar
    Sep 29, 2016 at 7:39

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