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safety valve

An activity that one does to release strong feelings (such as stress) in a healthy or positive way. Golf has become my safety valve—when I'm really stressed about work, I make sure to schedule a tee time.
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a safety net

Something that someone has in case of potential problems, often financial ones. With the unpredictability of freelance work, I always make sure I have money in my savings account as a safety net.
See also: net, safety

safety in numbers

The idea that one is less likely to be harmed while in a group than by oneself. Don't go into the city alone at night—there's safety in numbers.
See also: number, safety

safety in numbers

safety achieved by being concealed in or united with large numbers of people or other creatures. We stayed close together, thinking that there was safety in numbers. The elderly people went out together for a walk, knowing that there was safety in numbers.
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There is safety in numbers.

Prov. A group of people is less likely to be attacked than a single person. Gail never went out after dark without at least three friends, since she knew that there is safety in numbers. We should gather together a group of people to make our complaint to the boss. There's safety in numbers.
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safety in numbers, there's

A group has more protection against harm than an individual, as in Her parents won't allow her to date but do let her go to parties, saying there's safety in numbers . This phrase comes from the Latin proverb, Defendit numerus, presumably alluding to a military situation. It was first recorded in English about 1550.
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there's safety in numbers

People say there's safety in numbers to mean that you are safer if you are with other people or doing something with other people. Many people still feel there is safety in numbers when belonging to a union. On the street there's safety in numbers — find another girl to walk home with if possible.
See also: number, safety