Meaning of “(just) to be on the safe side” in the English Dictionary

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"(just) to be on the safe side" in British English

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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).

(Definition of “(just) to be on the safe side” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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