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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 caution

To avoid risky or irresponsible behavior. I like to err on the side of caution and always keep some money in my savings account. Since we don't know where we're going, let's err on the side of caution and leave an hour early.
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to err is human (to forgive is divine)

Because humans are fallible, they deserve forgiveness. I know you're mad at your brother because he lied, but to err is human, you know. To forgive is divine.
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To err is human(, to forgive divine).

Prov. You should not be too harsh with someone who makes a mistake, because all human beings make mistakes. (Often used as a roundabout way to ask someone to forgive you for making a mistake.) Jill: How could you let my dog get out when I told you a hundred times that he should stay in the house! Ellen: To err is human, to forgive divine.
See also: err, human

err on the side of caution

COMMON If you err on the side of caution, you decide to act in a careful way, rather than take risks. It is better on your first few weights sessions to err on the side of caution, and start with a weight which is lighter than you think you can handle. Note: People use other words instead of caution, according to the subject they are discussing. When I discussed the matter with ministers in July I said that we should err on the side of generosity.
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to err is human

People say to err is human to mean that it is natural for human beings to make mistakes. To err is human, and nobody likes a perfect person. Note: People sometimes use the whole expression to err is human, to forgive divine to mean that it is a very good thing to be able to forgive someone who does something wrong. Everyone admires her behaviour — after all, to err is human, to forgive divine. Note: This expression comes from an essay by Alexander Pope.
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err on the right side

act so that the most likely mistake to be made is the least harmful one.
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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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to err is human, to forgive divine

it is human nature to make mistakes yourself while finding it hard to forgive others. proverb
See also: divine, err, forgive

err on the side of something

show slightly too much rather than too little of a quality, especially a good one: When I am marking exam papers, I always try to err on the side of generosity (= I give slightly higher marks than the students may deserve).
Err is an old-fashioned word meaning ‘make a mistake’.
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GAO was asked to examine MCC's projections of (1) ERR and (2) compacts' impact on income and poverty as well as numbers of beneficiaries.
More important, in the interest of presenting her arguments, Harris errs in her reading of Alice Childress's Wine in the Wilderness, a play that has little to do with Africa.
His survey, if derivative, is largely accurate, although he errs by equating scholastic theology with Thomas Aquinas, and he ignores the rise of the warrior saint, including the English cult of St.
Although the woman consistently errs in describing the orientation of objects -- such as whether a rectangular block lies horizontally or vertically -- Canadian psychologists find that her visual cortex nonetheless makes accurate orientational distinctions that lie outside her conscious awareness.
If this department errs in any way, it will err in favor of ensuring justice is done for all parties: victims, survivors, witnesses and defendants,'' the statement from Glendale police Capt.
Bush erred, most critics now believe, in painting a Milton who is too moderate and irenic; Zagorin errs by painting a Milton for whom religion is unimportant This attitude is evidenced not only by Zagorin's repeated comments but by his failure to discuss the political implications of works, such as "On the Morning of Christ's Nativity," which reveal views of history that are difficult to secularize.