(to) be on the safe side


(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.


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  • 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

  • (to) be on the safe side — if you do something to be on the safe side, you do something that may not be necessary in order to protect yourself against possible problems. I don t think there are any broken bones, but you should have an X ray just to be on the safe side …   New idioms 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 …   Словарь американских идиом

  • to be on the safe side — ► to be on the safe side in order to have a margin of security against risks. Main Entry: ↑safe …   English terms dictionary

  • to be on the safe side — in order to have a margin of security against risks to be on the safe side, she had recorded everything …   Useful english dictionary

  • to be on the safe side — in order to have a margin of security against risks. → safe …   English new terms dictionary

  • better be on the safe side — better to act cautiously beforehand than to suffer afterward …   English contemporary dictionary

  • to be on the safe side — just to make sure …   English contemporary dictionary

  • 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