err on the side of


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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

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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But we also know that everyone would want us to err on the side of caution.
If we are going to err, we will err on the side of the students.
I take the position that violence is such an evil and our ability to control it and justify it is so limited that we must err on the side of peace.
If we are going to err, I would hope that we would err on the side of people's property rights, because that is what America is all about,'' said Tony Rondinella, 48, who works in property management.
If I err, I err on the side of believing this is a serious business,'' Williams explained of his anchoring philosophy in a recent interview.
So rather than err on the side of protecting MacLaren's kids, the county erred on the side of protecting the privacy of its bureaucrats.