better safe than sorry

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Better safe than sorry definition


It is better to act cautiously beforehand than to suffer afterward.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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better safe than sorry

Being careful may avoid disaster, as in I'm not taking any short-cutsbetter safe than sorry. This cautionary phrase appeared as better sure than sorry in 1837.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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