on the safe side


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on the safe side

Fig. taking the risk-free path. Let's be on the safe side and call first. I think you should stay on the safe side and call the doctor about this fever.
See also: on, safe, side

on the safe side

Avoiding danger, with a margin for error, as in Just to be on the safe side, let's order another hundred chairs. This idiom was first recorded in 1811.
See also: on, safe, side

on the safe side

mod. taking the risk-free path. Let’s be on the safe side and call first.
See also: on, safe, side
References in classic literature ?
There's the chance of--no, there's no chance of that, but it's as well to be on the safe side.
Few of them had seen his face and fewer still had spoken with him, but they loved his name and his prowess and in secret they prayed for him to their ancient god Wodin and the lesser gods of the forest and the meadow and the chase, for though they were confessed Christians, still in the hearts of many beat a faint echo of the old superstitions of their ancestors; and while they prayed also to the Lord Jesus and to Mary, yet they felt it could do no harm to be on the safe side with the others, in case they did happen to exist.
He said he had never heard of water-rats in Irish stew, and he would rather be on the safe side, and not try experiments.
I've kept the letters, and I'll go through them to-morrow; but I'm certain we're on the safe side.
If I were you, I think I would enter on the subject with Stelling at once: there's no necessity for sending the boy before Midsummer, but I would be on the safe side, and make sure that nobody forestalls you.
Guess it's best to be on the safe side," he murmured at last.
Perhaps not, my love -- but it was as well to keep on the safe side.