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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

safety net

A collection of resources available for use in case of 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. Cuts to welfare are just one example of how society's safety net has been weakened.
See also: net, safety

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.
See also: 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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: number, safety

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

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.
See also: safety
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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

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
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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
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