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Meaning of “play (it) safe” in the English Dictionary

"play (it) safe" in British English

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play (it) safe

to be ​careful and not take ​risks: To play ​safe, I'd ​allow an ​extra ten ​minutes, just in ​case.
(Definition of play (it) safe from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"play it safe" in American English

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play it safe

to ​avoid any ​risks: Let’s play it ​safe and ​allow an ​extra ten ​minutes to get there.
(Definition of play it safe from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “play (it) safe”
in Chinese (Simplified) 谨慎行事,不冒险…
in Turkish dikkatli olmak ve riske/tehlikeye girmemek…
in Russian быть осторожным, не рисковать…
in Chinese (Traditional) 謹慎行事,不冒險…
in Polish (woleć) nie ryzykować…
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