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play (it) safe

To not take any unwarranted risks or dangers; to act with caution and prudence. Despite the initial popularity of their product, the company has been playing it safe, deciding not to ramp up production until they are sure momentum will continue. I think you should have your car looked at by a mechanic before your big road trip. Better to play safe than end up stuck in the middle of nowhere!
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play safe


play it safe

COMMON If you play safe or play it safe, you do not take any risks. If you want to play safe, cut down on the amount of salt you eat. Big tourist hotels tend to play safe with bland international menus. The pilot decided that Christchurch was too far away, and played it safe, landing at Wellington.
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play (or play it) safe (or for safety)

take precautions; avoid risks.
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play (it) ˈsafe

avoid danger; act safely, even if another course of action would be quicker, more successful, etc: I know all these locks seem unnecessary but I believe it’s always better to play safe. OPPOSITE: take a risk
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Play Smart, Play Safe was launched during National Playground Safety Week beginning April 24 and received rave reviews from teachers.
Play Safe is teaching parents and coaches to better cope with the demands on today's young players.
However, when Ranbir was enquired about the speculation, the actor chose to play safe.
One show insider said: "There is a desire to play safe and recruit someone well-liked by viewers.
To play safe, advice from the Department of Health is that pregnant women and women trying to become pregnant should not drink at all.
Climbing into a yellow taxi cab for the first time I was greeted by the words: "Hi, this is Vinny Testaverde, quarterback for the New York Jets, and I'm here to tell you that winners play safe by always fastening their seat belts in the back of a cab.
Surely, the starlet doesn't want to annoy anyone and is trying to play safe.
A project called Play Safe, Stay Safe is being carried out to teach pupils about potential dangers and give them the opportunity to try out protective clothing and get up close to barriers.
Teacher Liz Rutherford said: "The Play Safe, Stay Safe campaign is a great way to get children thinking about safety.
THOUSANDS of potential property sales and valuations requested by owners seeking to remortgage with a new lender are being hit as surveyors play safe by slapping a lower valuation on their homes.
There can be the risk of injury or drowning and we would ask youngsters to play safe and be safe.
Today, quarry operators around the country launched their annual Play Safe, Stay Safe campaign.
Yet, despite knowing how HW and other diseases are spread and how to play safe, he still hesitates to have sex.
If this is your first experience buying toys then you might want to play safe and get a vibrator.