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err on the right side

To avoid making a seriously troublesome mistake. I made a few mistakes in my essay, but at least I managed to err on the right side.
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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.
See also: err, of, on, side

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

to err is human (to forgive is divine)

Being fallible and making mistakes is inherent to being a human, and forgiving such mistakes is a transcendent act. I know you're mad at your brother because he lied, but to err is human, you know. To forgive is divine.
See also: err, forgive, human

To err is human(, to forgive divine).

Prov. You should not be too harsh with someone who makes a mistake, because all human beings make mistakes. (Often used as a roundabout way to ask someone to forgive you for making a mistake.) Jill: How could you let my dog get out when I told you a hundred times that he should stay in the house! Ellen: To err is human, to forgive divine.
See also: err, human

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.
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to err is human

People say to err is human to mean that it is natural for human beings to make mistakes. To err is human, and nobody likes a perfect person. Note: People sometimes use the whole expression to err is human, to forgive divine to mean that it is a very good thing to be able to forgive someone who does something wrong. Everyone admires her behaviour — after all, to err is human, to forgive divine. Note: This expression comes from an essay by Alexander Pope.
See also: err, human

err on the right side

act so that the most likely mistake to be made is the least harmful one.
See also: err, on, right, side

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.
See also: err, of, on, side

to err is human, to forgive divine

it is human nature to make mistakes yourself while finding it hard to forgive others. proverb
See also: divine, err, forgive

err on the side of something

show slightly too much rather than too little of a quality, especially a good one: When I am marking exam papers, I always try to err on the side of generosity (= I give slightly higher marks than the students may deserve).
Err is an old-fashioned word meaning ‘make a mistake’.
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'That the learned judge erred in law in granting reliefs that would serve no useful purpose and are impossible of enforcement having regards to the facts and circumstances of this case.'
* Whether the district court erred in refusing to order the record to be supplemented with all ex parte communications between the commissioners and the applicants while the USR application was on remand before the commissioners.
In other words, when backed into the corner, the government stamps its feet, raises its voice, and declares "Because we said so." (We thought only the Supreme Court -- or parents -- could do that.) The linguistic hair-splitting continues with a statement in the reply brief, whinging that TEI erred in suggesting that revenue rulings are not "officially" published and then averring that such rulings are "formally" published in the Internal Revenue Bulletin.
Based on this evidence and the fact that Ward, as sole owner of HAZCO stock, was the primary beneficiary of the benefits to be conferred on execution of the contract, the court ruled the trial court had erred in dismissing Ward's claim and remanded the case to the trial court for a rehearing on Ward's motion.
He said the judge erred in fact by issuing contradictory orders that were already in existence.
Mumbai, Nov.24 ( ANI ): Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan is on Saturday likely to take action against those police officers who erred in the case that led to the arrest of two 21-year-old Palghar girls.
AnMed further contended that the trial court erred in refusing to excuse for cause such potential jurors and admitting the cost of the patient's first operation into evidence as to part of her damages and.
The man's counsel had argued the trial judge erred in law in admitting evidence of the absence of consent when the applicant allegedly requested sex during an incident earlier on the night of the alleged offence.
10, however, a unanimous South Carolina Supreme Court said that Westbrook "erred in holding that jurors were required to take the oath."
That incident aside (in which, in 1992, Pope John Paul II acknowledged that the Church had erred), the Church has worked diligently in the area of science, especially in astronomy, from the time of Galileo up to the present.
In the October 6th issue "Who's News" section, and again in an October 20th correction, Real Estate Weekly erred in reporting the promotion of Thomas P.
He makes three arguments on appeal: (1) the circuit court erred by not granting his motion for a mistrial related to testimony by a law enforcement witness; (2) he received ineffective assistance of counsel when his trial counsel failed to take any action concerning a juror who Putman asserts was sleeping during the presentation of evidence; and (3) the court erred by not "conduct[ing] some inquiry" into the issue of the sleeping juror.
In the appeal filed in court, Mutua says the learned judges of the Court of Appeal erred in law in misapplying the provisions of Article 81 of the Constitution to the evidence on record thereby reaching a perverse verdict.