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safety valve

An activity that one does to release strong feelings (such as stress) in a healthy or positive way. Golf has become my safety valve—when I'm really stressed about work, I make sure to schedule a tee time.
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a safety net

Something that someone has in case of potential problems, often financial ones. With the unpredictability of freelance work, I always make sure I have money in my savings account as a safety net.
See also: net, safety

safety in numbers

The idea that one is less likely to be harmed while in a group than by oneself. Don't go into the city alone at night—there's safety in numbers.
See also: number, safety

there's safety in numbers

One is less likely to be harmed while in a group than by oneself. Don't go into the city alone at night—there's safety in numbers.
See also: number, safety

safety in numbers

safety achieved by being concealed in or united with large numbers of people or other creatures. We stayed close together, thinking that there was safety in numbers. The elderly people went out together for a walk, knowing that there was safety in numbers.
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There is safety in numbers.

Prov. A group of people is less likely to be attacked than a single person. Gail never went out after dark without at least three friends, since she knew that there is safety in numbers. We should gather together a group of people to make our complaint to the boss. There's safety in numbers.
See also: number, safety, there

safety in numbers, there's

A group has more protection against harm than an individual, as in Her parents won't allow her to date but do let her go to parties, saying there's safety in numbers . This phrase comes from the Latin proverb, Defendit numerus, presumably alluding to a military situation. It was first recorded in English about 1550.
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there's safety in numbers

People say there's safety in numbers to mean that you are safer if you are with other people or doing something with other people. Many people still feel there is safety in numbers when belonging to a union. On the street there's safety in numbers — find another girl to walk home with if possible.
See also: number, safety

there's safety in numbers

being in a group of people makes you feel more confident or secure about taking action. proverb
See also: number, safety

there’s ˌsafety in ˈnumbers

(saying) it is safer for a group of people to do something which could be dangerous for one person alone: We decided there was safety in numbers, so we asked everyone in the office to sign our letter of complaint.
See also: number, safety
References in classic literature ?
Once more I promise thee mine aid, and will do all I can to send thee back in safety to Sherwood Forest.
Quoth he, "Our gracious Sovereign the King hath mitigated his wrath toward thee, fellow, and hath once more promised that thou shalt depart in peace and safety.
At sight of me several of the savage creatures left off worrying the great brute to come slinking with bared fangs toward me, and as I turned to run toward the trees again to seek safety among the lower branches, I saw a number of the man-apes leaping and chattering in the foliage of the nearest tree.
And so I raced on toward the trees intending to pass beneath that which held the man-things and take refuge in another farther on; but the wolf-dogs were very close behind me--so close that I had despaired of escaping them, when one of the creatures in the tree above swung down headforemost, his tail looped about a great limb, and grasping me beneath my armpits swung me in safety up among his fellows.
That was an idea for the Tin Woodman to follow, and he also crossed in safety while the great hammer was in the air.
The apes, watching the grim race from the safety of the trees, screamed taunts at Numa and warnings to Tarzan.
He foresaw what might happen should the great carnivora of the jungle turn their serious attention upon the tribe of Kerchak, the great ape, but equally he thought upon the wild scramble of the apes for safety when Numa first charged among them.
He recalled how ludicrous the great bulls had appeared in their mad scramble for safety that day when Numa had charged among them and seized Mamka, and yet he knew them to be fierce and courageous.
rang through the jungle about the clearing as apes swung quickly to places of safety among the lower branches of the trees and the great bulls hastened in the direction of Gunto.
These young professionals embody the safety culture that ensures employees go home safely to their families every night.
Under the Bush appointee Dave Lauriski, a former mining executive, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has stressed cooperating with mine operators over policing them.
When thinking about a safety program, there are 11 key concepts to keep in mind:
First, we examined how to define the problem of safety compliance by supplier companies working in pulp and paper mills.
HRH and Occupational Safety and Health Administration have partnered on the 32-story, luxury residential tower to uphold the highest safety standards in the construction industry.
These laws have established a federal role in overseeing how companies manage the safety of chemical processes on a daily basis.