Definition of better safe than sorry in US English:

better safe than sorry


  • It's wiser to be cautious than to be hasty or rash and so do something you may later regret.

    • ‘‘It is better safe than sorry on something like this,’ he said.’
    • ‘Its more like we go to confirm just in case because with these millions of disturbing bugs around and all the symptoms sounding similar you just never know and they always say better safe than sorry.’
    • ‘Well, tonight, MTV says better safe than sorry.’
    • ‘It means the leg will be even stronger come July and the start of pre-season and it is really a case of better safe than sorry.’
    • ‘We do not think this is the case but better safe than sorry.’
    • ‘It is a shame because of the reputation and possibility of violence by a certain group we have had to do this - better safe than sorry.’
    • ‘New York decided to go ahead, you know, better safe than sorry, as you 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.’
    • ‘As the writer put it in the London Sunday Times: ‘Purporting to be better safe than sorry, authority can no longer get away with sorry.’’
    • ‘Blisters will affect your performance, and sweat makes face-paint drip, so it is better safe than sorry.’
    • ‘This has almost never happened, but better safe than sorry.’
    • ‘But the motto across Europe is now better safe than sorry.’
    • ‘Well, if there's one thing I think we learned in the wake of Katrina it's better safe than sorry.’
    • ‘Indeed, it sounds like common sense: better safe than sorry; look before you leap.’
    • ‘I find that on with a wood countertop and rollingpin I don't need to dust the counter or dough, but better safe than sorry.’
    • ‘As he clambered for a retort, he said something he instantly regretted: ‘Well, better safe than sorry.’’
    • ‘A spokesman for the National Security Council, says the administration is following a philosophy of better safe than sorry.’
    • ‘Untreated high blood pressure is dangerous - and since blood pressure rises during exercise, better safe than sorry.’
    • ‘We have no intelligence or information to support the belief that he is anywhere other than India - but better safe than sorry.’
    • ‘A ‘lack of evidence of harm’ of our exposure to particular chemicals does not seem to be sufficient in allaying fears today, when we are constantly encouraged to be better safe than sorry.’