What does take cover mean?

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Verb
  1. (idiomatic) To shelter oneself
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When you hear the air attack warning, you and your family must take cover at once.
After they spot a UFO, Frank and Joe take cover in a house filled with strange optical illusions.
Soldiers cover each other, take cover, retreat when injured, and generally work efficiently.
Gunfights become remarkably tense, exciting affairs as you take cover in a crossfire of whistling ricochets.
Spectators take cover under colourful umbrellas or in makeshift tents to protect themselves from the blistering sun.
You want the material to be at least the full height of the tallest person in your home who's likely to take cover behind it.

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