err on the side of caution

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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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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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Gradle advises against simply erring on the side of caution.
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Our status as a government entity precludes us from donating money to any religious organization, so we're erring on the side of caution.
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By design, initial test procedures favour positive readings, erring on the side of caution to protect soldiers.
Keegan said: "We are erring on the side of caution with Jamie - also with Tony and Steve.