safe-harbor

safe harbor

noun
1.
a harbor considered safe for a ship, as in wartime or during a storm at sea.
2.
any place or situation that offers refuge or protection.
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safe harbor

noun
the target company defends itself by acquiring a company so onerously regulated that it makes the target less attractive; "the acquisition gave the company a safe harbor" 
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