safety net

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  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.

Origin of safety net

First recorded in 1945–50

Other words from safety net

  • safety-net, adjective

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How to use safety net in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for safety net

safety net

  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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