not safe for work

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not safe for work

A phrase (often abbreviated as "NSFW") that typically accompanies online posts, articles, or videos that might be considered racy or otherwise inappropriate in the workplace.
See also: not, safe, work

NSFW

An abbreviation for "not safe/suitable for work." It typically accompanies online posts, articles, or videos that might be considered racy or otherwise inappropriate in the workplace. Unless you want the boss to yell at you, don't click on that link that says "NSFW."
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The fuss surrounding the publication of DH Lawrence's novel Lady Chatterley's Lover in 1960 is summed up with the web acronym for websites that are not suitable for work: "Upper-class woman gets it on with gamekeeper."
All well and good, but this is not suitable for work with young people or those who work with them.
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