play it safe

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play definition


  1. n.
    a strategy; a plan of action. : That was a bad play, Bill. We lost the account.
  2. n.
    an attractive investment; a way to make some money in the securities markets. : I just heard about a good play in the options market.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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play it safe

Also, play safe. Avoid extreme risks, as in I played it safe and bet only a dollar, or Let's play safe and get a backup in case the announced speaker gets sick. [c. 1900]

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