- 1 [predic.] Protected from or not exposed to danger or risk; not likely to be harmed or lost: eggs remain in the damp sand, safe from marine predators she felt safer with them than aloneMore example sentences
- I hope and pray that the friends and family who mean so much to Sherry have survived and are safe from harm.
- At least here, they are safe from the dangers of everyday life in the worst of areas.
- Now safe from harm, he and his parents continued their journey and when they arrived in Timnah the lovers looked at each other and were pleased.
- 1.1 Baseball Having reached a base without being put out: Davis was safe when the right fielder dropped a fly ballMore example sentences
- Wisely selling the play, he hustled to first base and was safe, loading the bases.
- Speedier players can also try to bunt the ball and run out the throw to a base, giving basemen hard tags to ensure that they'll be safe when they reach the bag.
- Dodgers catcher Roy Campanella lunged to put the tag on Addis, but umpire Frank Dascoli gave the safe call.
- 1.2 Baseball Allowing the batter to reach base and not involving an error: a safe hitMore example sentences
- Who can forget Berra's anguished leaps and protests over the plate umpire's safe call?
- Orta was called safe on a grounder even though the throw beat him to the bag.
- 1.3Not likely to cause or lead to harm or injury; not involving danger or risk: we have to cross the river where it’s safe for us to do so a safe investment that produced regular incomeMore example sentences
- With two out of every three deaths in Iraq caused by diarrhoea and respiratory infections, a safe supply of clean water is crucial to child survival.
- Because of this we decide that the water was safe enough to clean up in and drink.
- Fact: the vast majority of Scotland's coastal waters are clean and safe for bathing.
- 1.4(Of a place) affording security or protection: put it in a safe placeMore example sentences
- They say they chose the location for its outstanding beauty and the fact that it affords a safe place for their children to play.
- A civil order status, on the other hand, would imply that the area was safe, with security affairs controlled by the police.
- You see, Margo, most people want a job, house mortgage rates they can afford, a safe environment for their children.
- 1.5often • derogatory Cautious and unenterprising: MacGregor would be a compromise, the safe choiceMore example sentences
- That's a safe choice for a conservative offense, but it doesn't mean Peete will last the season in that role.
- Mr. Nebbish seems like the perfect, safe choice if you've been smacked around by relationships.
- So many cars are now painted silver that it has become the vanilla of colours, but it's still a safe choice.
- 1.6Based on good reasons or evidence and not likely to be proved wrong: the verdict is safe and satisfactory his world, it’s safe to say, will not fall apartMore example sentences
- The Crown in that case submitted that the confessions were rightly admitted and that the convictions were safe and satisfactory.
- For all these reasons, we consider that the jury's verdict in respect of this appellant was safe, and that her appeal must be dismissed.
- This appellant's convictions are safe, and his appeal against conviction is dismissed.
- 2Uninjured; with no harm done: they had returned safe and sound hopes of her safe return later fadedMore example sentences
- Civilian employers are concerned about your welfare and want you to return home safe and sound.
- Fortunately the missing person turned up, safe and sound, and the boat returned to its station.
- There is still time to hand in photographs all of which will be returned safely to their owners safe and sound.
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- 1A strong fireproof cabinet with a complex lock, used for the storage of valuables.More example sentences
- Another successful selling point Abrams uses is the discounts many insurance companies give to customers who purchase fireproof safes for their valuables.
- Personakey's Touch Open locking storage cases and safes are nothing short of amazing.
- But not so lucky were files, plans and tapes stored in a fireproof cabinet and safe in Manhattan.
- 2North American • informal A condom.More example sentences
- According to the ad, ‘Julius Schmind would like to give you some straight talk about condoms, rubbers, sheaths, safes, French letters, storkstoppers.’
in safe hands
- see hand.
safe in the knowledge that
- Used to indicate that one can do something without risk or worry on account of a specified fact: they used to recruit hundreds a year, safe in the knowledge that many would leaveMore example sentences
- With boosted confidence and safe in the knowledge that people do in fact want to see traditional shows with farm animals, the organisers can now plan ahead for next year.
- They were prepared to sign up to a framework agreement safe in the knowledge that there will be plenty of chances over the coming weeks, months and probably years to carry on haggling.
- I leave Black Rock Desert safe in the knowledge that there is still a place where, for one week at least, you can escape mundanity and soar into the world of your own imagination.
to be on the safe side
- In order to have a margin of security against risks: to be on the safe side, she had recorded everythingMore example sentences
- And so he said in order to be on the safe side, you need to bring in all your own supplies.
- In order for one to be on the safe side, you should prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
- It was just warm enough to sit outside, but to be on the safe side Ann ordered vegetable soup with a large buttered bap.
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- Since Mom's still flat on her back in hospital, we can safely deduce she's not to blame.
- One day someone who does not know how to tie a load properly will not get home safely.
- So the setting of interest rates appears to remain safely out of the hands of politicians.
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- Tracks like ‘Love steals us from loneliness’ may be over-calculated, but their safeness means they are entirely inoffensive and even enjoyable in spurts.
- And so to err on the side of safeness, my press and I nixed the vast majority of ‘in limbo ‘s.’
- Despite the safeness of so many seats, public officials still spend half their time fund raising - in case they either run for re-election or for another office, or perhaps to help out a friend in the next election.
Middle English (as an adjective): from Old French sauf, from Latin salvus 'uninjured'. The noun is from the verb save1, later assimilated to the adjectival form.