err on the side of caution

err on the side of caution

To avoid risky or irresponsible behavior; to be very cautious. 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.
See also: caution, err, of, on, side

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.
See also: caution, err, of, on, side
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The court remarked that as the motive remains a mystery, it would err on the side of caution.
PLANS for upgraded road junctions in Newcastle certainly don't err on the side of caution.
I fully expect Tiger to return this year but at the age of 40 he is right to err on the side of caution.
Whereas, if you do a lot of highway driving, you'll want to err on the side of caution and make sure your tires are not near the end of their lives.
MANILA -- Call it overkill but Malacanang would rather err on the side of caution in protecting detained businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles from "those in government" who would like to see her dead.
The most important message is to err on the side of caution and not drive if it's snowing, forecast to snow, or there are other potentially deadly conditions.
The climate we work in, and the risks of getting it wrong, mean many school leaders err on the side of caution," he said.
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It's a shame that this is what it has come to, but always err on the side of caution.
When dealing with issues that may even remotely affect public health, it is best to err on the side of caution.
We would always rather people err on the side of caution.
I know a lot of consultants will err on the side of caution and opt for a caesarean because it gets infant mortality down.
Right-back McNamee suffered a calf strain in the midweek friendly against Espanyol and, though it is not as serious as first thought, manager Iain Dowie says he will err on the side of caution.
While blogs and sites like MySpace can be great channels for networking, err on the side of caution when posting personal information.
I made a decision to keep him out and be conservative, and to err on the side of caution.