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Meaning of “better safe than sorry” in the English Dictionary

"better safe than sorry" in British English

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better safe than sorry

saying said when you ​think it is ​best not to take ​riskseven when it ​seemsboring or ​difficult to be ​careful
(Definition of better safe than sorry from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"better safe than sorry" in American English

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better safe than sorry

it is ​wise to be ​careful and ​protect yourself against ​riskrather than be ​careless: Make ​sure you take an ​umbrella – I ​know it's ​sunny now, but better ​safe than ​sorry.
(Definition of better safe than sorry from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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