verb (used with object), fail-safed, fail-saf·ing.
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The Big Five banks dubbed too big to fail, are 35 percent bigger than they were when the meltdown was triggered.Sen. Warren’s Main Street Crusade to Pressure Clinton|Eleanor Clift|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
And it must make sure that the platform of debate where we can freely exchange ideas is safe and sound.Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Our Duty Is to Keep Charlie Hebdo Alive|Ayaan Hirsi Ali|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
They called for peace, reconciliation, and the safe return of Father Gregorio.
Their leader, Njie, still going by “Dave” during the operation, would stay a safe distance away until the State House was secure.The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country|Jacob Siegel|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Diets not only fail to make us thinner, they also fail to make us healthier in the long term.
A desultory conversation on politics, in which neither took the slightest interest, was a safe neutral ground.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
The governor of the fortress was provided with a safe residence in Egypt, and an annual pension of 75,000 piasters.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
Could this be the safe old house in which childish days had passed, in which all around were always friendly and familiar faces?Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
It would make everyone careful, of course, but I fail to see any grievance in that.The Salvaging Of Civilisation|H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
The truth is, it is not safe to trot down such mountains and hardly to ride down them at all.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley