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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.
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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.
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out of an abundance of caution

In an earnest attempt to ensure that any potential danger, risks, or problems are avoided. Out of an abundance of caution, I always make sure I have enough money to cover six months' worth of expenses in my savings account, in case anything ever happened to my job. We believe that the allergic reaction was specific to that patient's genetic makeup, but we've also temporarily stopped administering the drug at that dose out of an abundance of caution.
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to err is human (to forgive is divine)

proverb 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.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

err on the right side

act so that the most likely mistake to be made is the least harmful one.
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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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to err is human, to forgive divine

it is human nature to make mistakes yourself while finding it hard to forgive others. proverb
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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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Therefore, a simple warning to the erring police personnel is abysmal considering the gravity of the incident.
Benigno Durana Jr., PNP spokesman, said they do not see the deployment of erring cops to conflict areas as a solution to the entire problem of abusive policemen.
"The erring food institutions failed to follow the prescribed public health rules, including cleanliness and proper storage of foodstuff," she pointed out.
Asuquo, who led a surveillance team on Wednesday to picket erring fuel stations also disclosed that two staffers of a petrol station were arrested in Warri on Tuesday for violating DPR's seal.
In its affidavit filed before the high Court on Wednesday, the Centre submitted that while instances of sexual harassment of the employees had been confirmed by an official inquiry, the government had now taken appropriate action has been taken against the erring persons.
We expect to take action against all the erring officers on Saturday itself," state government sources were quoted, as saying.
'This will serve as a stern warning to erring barangay and city officials.'
Police anti-scalawag operatives killed a lawman allegedly moonlighting as a drug pusher in Occidental Mindoro, the third cop killed since the new leadership of the Counter-Intelligence Task Force (CITF) had warned of a bloody war against erring law enforcers.
"The erring food institutions failed to follow the health rules, including cleanliness and proper storage of foodstuff," she said.
The BI has requested the National Bureau of Investigation to conduct a separate probe for the filing of the criminal charges against the erring agents, Morente said.
SC forms bodies for raps vs judges, court personnel !-- -- Edu Punay (The Philippine Star) - November 14, 2018 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines The Supreme Court (SC) has created two bodies to handle complaints against erring members of the judiciary.
Agents of the anti-scalawag unit of the Philippine National Police (PNP) arrested early Thursday morning two lawmen assigned to the Manila Police District (MPD), with the operation exposing the prevalence of extortion racket of erring cops.
Summary: While none of the erring shops was shut down, 13 of them were issued warning letters, she disclosed.
Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Oscar Albayalde on Thursday defended National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director Major General Guillermo Eleazar's outburst before an erring policeman, saying he could have done more if he was in Eleazar's shoes.
Director Oscar Albayalde, NCRPO chief, said the watch list of erring cops in Metro Manila was already forwarded to the national police's Counter-Intelligence Task Force (CITF) for proper action as the unit is specifically dedicated in catching scalawag cops.