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safe British & World English

Protected from or not exposed to danger or risk; not likely to be harmed or lost

safe English Thesaurus

the children are safe in bed

fail-safe British & World English

Causing a piece of machinery to revert to a safe condition in the event of a breakdown or malfunction

meat safe British & World English

A cupboard or cover of wire gauze or a similar material, used for storing meat

pie safe British & World English

A cupboard with doors featuring decorative pierced tin panels, originally designed to store pies after baking

play safe British & World English

Take precautions; avoid risks

safe area British & World English

An area not liable to attack, especially one designated as such by the United Nations

safe bet British & World English

A bet that is certain to succeed

safe room British & World English

A room in a house or other building that is invulnerable to attack or intrusion, and from which security operations can be directed

safe seat British & World English

A parliamentary seat that is likely to be retained with a large majority in an election

safe sex British & World English

Sexual activity in which people take precautions to protect themselves against sexually transmitted diseases such as AIDS

night safe British & World English

A safe with access from the outer wall of a bank for the deposit of money or other valuables when the bank is closed

safe haven British & World English

A place of refuge or security

safe house British & World English

A house in a secret location, used by spies or criminals in hiding

safe period British & World English

The time during and near a woman’s menstrual period when conception is least likely

dolphin-safe British & World English

(On canned tuna labels) indicating that the tuna has been harvested using fishing methods that are not harmful to dolphins

safe-breaker British & World English

A person who breaks open and robs safes

safe conduct British & World English

Immunity from arrest or harm when passing through an area

safe deposit British & World English

A strongroom or safe in which valuables may be securely stored, typically within a bank or hotel

safe conduct English Thesaurus

UN inspectors had been guaranteed safe conduct

safe keeping English Thesaurus

the document was deposited in the bank vaults for safe keeping

safe deposit New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(two words, hyphen when attributive)

Coolgardie safe British & World English

A box or cupboard for storing food, cooled by strips of wetted fabric

in safe hands British & World English

Protected by or in the care of someone trustworthy

to be on the safe side British & World English

In order to have a margin of security against risks

better safe than sorry British & World English

It’s wiser to be cautious and careful than to be hasty or rash and so do something you may later regret

a safe pair of hands British & World English

(In a sporting context) used to refer to someone who is reliable when catching a ball

safe in the knowledge that British & World English

Confident because of the specified fact

sound2 British & World English

In good condition; not damaged, injured, or diseased

play safe in play British & World English

Take precautions; avoid risks

satisfactory British & World English

(Of evidence or a verdict) sufficient for the needs of the case

safeword British & World English

A word serving as a prearranged and unambiguous signal to end an activity, such as between a dominant and submissive sexual couple

safe word in safeword British & World English

A word serving as a prearranged and unambiguous signal to end an activity, such as between a dominant and submissive sexual couple

in safe hands in hand British & World English

Protected by or in the care of someone trustworthy

safe-cracker in safe-breaker British & World English

A person who breaks open and robs safes

safe-blower in safe-breaker British & World English

A person who breaks open and robs safes

safekeeping British & World English

Preservation in a safe place


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