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safety net

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noun
  1. a large net rigged between a person, as a trapeze performer, and the ground as protection in a fall.
  2. something that provides a margin of protection or security: the safety net of federal credit for financial institutions.
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Origin of safety net

First recorded in 1945–50
Related formssafe·ty-net, adjective
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bufferinsuranceprecautionprotectionsafeguardsubsidybenefitsparachute

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safety net

noun
  1. a net used in a circus to catch high-wire and trapeze artistes if they fall
  2. any means of protection from hardship or loss, such as insurance
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