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safe haven

A place of refuge or sanctuary; a place where one has no fear of harm or retribution. I want my classroom to be a safe haven to you all, a place where you can speak your minds freely. The country's nonexistent tax laws have made it something of a safe haven for massive corporations looking to keep billions of dollars in revenue to themselves.
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safe haven

A sanctuary. This term is redundant, since haven means “a safe place.” It is quite old, the earliest citation in the OED being from 1581. Haven also was for a time used as a verb, meaning “to shelter,” as in Robert Southey’s poem of 1795, “Safe haven’d from the sea.” The Times of London (Aug. 15, 1865) had the current usage: “One safe haven where no nicotine perfume intrudes . . .”
See also: haven, safe
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