Definition of better safe than sorry in English:

better safe than sorry

proverb It’s wiser to be cautious and careful than to be hasty or rash and so do something you may later regret.
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  • As he clambered for a retort, he said something he instantly regretted: ‘Well, better safe than sorry.’
  • ‘It is better safe than sorry on something like this,’ he said.
  • It is even opposing inclusion of the ‘precautionary principle’ in assessing developments - better safe than sorry - despite the fact that this was agreed in essence at the earth summit in Rio de Janeiro 10 years ago.
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