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safety net

noun
1.
a large net rigged between a person, as a trapeze performer, and the ground as protection in a fall.
2.
something that provides a margin of protection or security:
the safety net of federal credit for financial institutions.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50
Related forms
safety-net, adjective
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  • Afterward, everyone was given the freedom, but it was no longer clear where the government safety net ended.
  • So if your parents were married, there is more of a safety net for your care.
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  • The nation has a strong social welfare safety net, for which it pays with high taxes.
  • And, as a safety net, the year that one goes up for tenure.
  • His spirited defense of the social safety net won him friends and enemies.
  • When youthful exploration ended, academe would be my safety net.
  • Indeed, unhappiness is often linked to living in societies where there is no social safety net.
British Dictionary definitions for safety net

safety net

noun
1.
a net used in a circus to catch high-wire and trapeze artistes if they fall
2.
any means of protection from hardship or loss, such as insurance
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