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English definition of “(just) to be on the safe side”

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(just) to be on the safe side

being especially careful in order to avoid something unpleasant: I'm sure it won't rain, but I'll take an umbrella (just) to be on the safe side (= to be ready if it does rain).
Translations of “(just) to be on the safe side”
in Chinese (Traditional) 謹慎起見, 以防萬一…
in Chinese (Simplified) 谨慎起见, 以防万一…
(Definition of (just) to be on the safe side from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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