err on the side of


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err on the side of (something)

To prioritize something, perhaps excessively or unnecessarily. Often used in the phrase "err on the side of caution." I like to err on the side of caution and always keep some money in my savings account.
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err on the side of

act with a specified bias towards something.
1999 Nature Der Sündefall's message may err on the side of alarmism, but it certainly is a good read.
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We will do that but, in my case, from the philosophical viewpoint that you have to err on the side of freedom.
Until the scientific community steps forward with undisputed proof it is not a health threat, I think we need to err on the side of caution.
If I err, I err on the side of believing this is a serious business,'' Williams explained of his anchoring philosophy in a recent interview.
We're going to err on the side of caution and make sure Trevor's completely well before he returns to practice.
We don't know if (the threats) are credible, but we wanted to err on the side of caution so we decided it would be wise to cancel the game,'' Mojave Superintendent Larry Phelps said.
The judge, wanting to err on the side of caution, asked both sides to put together a restraining order to let the business continue running but assure the other parties in the case that there would be no toxic waste emanating from the property.
If we are going to err, I would hope that we would err on the side of people's property rights, because that is what America is all about,'' said Tony Rondinella, 48, who works in property management.
But we also know that everyone would want us to err on the side of caution.