Both. For example, you can say, "Cubre los platos" (Cover the plates) or "Lo que gano yo en el trabajo no es suficiente para cubrir todos los gastos mensuales" (What I earn at work is not enough to cover all monthly expenses). It can be literal or figurative. Maybe a native can give more examples though. Hope that helps!
I learn more about Spanish in these 'sentence discussions' than anywhere else on DL. OK, I get all the formal definitions from DL but I could NEVER understand idiomatic phrases or uses of words without the help of all you native speakers out there. I also learn from the great non-native speakers who share what they've learned from other sources. THANK YOU!! (Is this 'sharing' built into DL's model for learning languages? I'd be in big trouble without it...)
I'm not sure about "of new" I was taught "de nuevo" means again.
I like to do the Duo "learn english" module because I'm thinking about becoming a language teacher, and I'm interested as to the process of learning English.
And it is FASCINATING what people struggle with, learning English. I had no idea "a" vs "an" could be so controversial, but the Duo comments sections has hundreds of comments about something so "simple"
I love words, learning and language, and I love to see the comments as people are learning English.