err on the side of caution

err on the side of caution

if you err on the side of caution when you are deciding what to do, you do the thing that is safe instead of taking a risk I decided to err on the side of caution and spend less than my full allowance.
See also: caution, err, of, on, side
References in classic literature ?
The evidence has been destroyed in the fire, I know, but I think it desirable to err on the side of caution, nevertheless.
Whereas, if you do a lot of highway driving, you'll want to err on the side of caution and make sure your tires are not near the end of their lives.
Needless to say, it was the Wozniacki split factor that compelled me to err on the side of caution and remove McIlroy from my weekly tips.
The most important message is to err on the side of caution and not drive if it's snowing, forecast to snow, or there are other potentially deadly conditions.
The climate we work in, and the risks of getting it wrong, mean many school leaders err on the side of caution," he said.
Suazo is making encouraging progress and will be given a fitness test but, with games against favourites Spain and Switzerland to come, Rueda intends to err on the side of caution.
Away fans may also want to err on the side of caution by simply backing Town at 7/20 with Jaxx.
Wilshere holds the club appearance record for the youngest player in both the league and Europe after being fast-tracked into the first-team squad last season - but Wenger continues to err on the side of caution.
It's a shame that this is what it has come to, but always err on the side of caution.
When dealing with issues that may even remotely affect public health, it is best to err on the side of caution.
We would always rather people err on the side of caution.
I know a lot of consultants will err on the side of caution and opt for a caesarean because it gets infant mortality down.
But on the basis of the germ counts reported in these pages, it's probably best to err on the side of caution.
Right-back McNamee suffered a calf strain in the midweek friendly against Espanyol and, though it is not as serious as first thought, manager Iain Dowie says he will err on the side of caution.
While blogs and sites like MySpace can be great channels for networking, err on the side of caution when posting personal information.