Safety-net

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:
1945–50

safety-net, adjective
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safety net
 
n
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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