Definition of safety net in English:

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safety net

Pronunciation: /ˈsāftē ˌnet/


1A net placed to catch an acrobat or similar performer in case of a fall.
Example sentences
  • But the cliff under me crumbled away beneath me, and I fell without a safety net there to catch me.
  • This new building is very close to the road and very high with no fencing around it or a safety net to catch anything that might fall.
  • Tiger's branch was then cut off, while the SPCA waited below with a safety net to catch her.
1.1A safeguard against possible hardship or adversity: a safety net for workers who lose their jobs
More example sentences
  • The spreading recession has exposed gaping holes in the safety net for workers and the poor.
  • Workers have seen the standard of living, the social safety net, and wages decline over the last thirty years.
  • They see us as do-nothing union workers who want a cushy safety net so we can suck off the government.

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Syllabification: safe·ty net

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