be on the safe side

be on the safe side
be on the safe side
to be careful and to make a choice that involves little risk: »

Broadline Bank's spokesperson said that it would not be advertising on the controversial website ""just to be on the safe side"".

Main Entry: safe

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • err on the safe side — To choose the safer alternative ● safe …   Useful english dictionary

  • to be on the safe side — {adv. phr.} To take extra precautions; reduce or eliminate the possibility of a mistake, an error, or even danger. * /Dad always keeps his valuables in a bank s safe deposit box, just to be on the safe side./ Compare: JUST IN CASE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • to be on the safe side — {adv. phr.} To take extra precautions; reduce or eliminate the possibility of a mistake, an error, or even danger. * /Dad always keeps his valuables in a bank s safe deposit box, just to be on the safe side./ Compare: JUST IN CASE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • it is best to be on the safe side — 1668 DRYDEN & NEWCASTLE Sir Martin Mar all V. i. I’m resolv’d to be on the sure side. 1811 J. AUSTEN Sense & Sensibility III. iv. Determining to be on the safe side, he made his apology in form as soon as he could say any thing. 1847 MARRYAT… …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • on the safe side — phrase in a situation that involves very little risk because you have behaved very carefully Just to be on the safe side, take an umbrella. Thesaurus: safe and harmlesssynonym Main entry: safe * * * on the ˈsafe side idiom being especia …   Useful english dictionary

  • on the safe side — {adv. phr.} Provided for against a possible emergency; well prepared. * / Please double check these proofs, Mr. Brown, the printer said, just to be on the safe side. / …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • on the safe side — {adv. phr.} Provided for against a possible emergency; well prepared. * / Please double check these proofs, Mr. Brown, the printer said, just to be on the safe side. / …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • on the safe side — mod. taking the risk free path. □ Let’s be on the safe side and call first. □ I think you should stay on the safe side and call the doctor about this fever …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • on the safe side —    If you do something to be on the safe side, you do it as a precaution, to avoid any risks.     I think I locked the door but I ll check again to be on the safe side …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • just to be on the safe side — (just) to be on the safe side so that you can prevent something unpleasant from happening. Just to be on the safe side, ask your doctor to test your iron levels …   New idioms dictionary

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