to play it safe

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - play it safe

"to play it safe"

to avoid any risk


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - play it safe

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: Being in the design phase of the next generation of our product, we have a chance to do something really different. We should consider making some radical changes and introducing some cutting-edge design.

Colleague 2: I am not so sure that is wise in our conservative corporate environment. We should look at making some changes to improve the product but nothing radical.

Colleague 1: You mean play it safe?

Colleague 2: I just don't think we should be taking any risks right now.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - play it safe

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: What time is your flight?

Friend 2: I three hours.

Friend 1: Then you had better play it safe and leave for the airport now. You never know how bad traffic will be and you are on an international flight so you are supposed to be there two hours early.

Friend 2: I suppose you are right. I wouldn't want to miss the plane. My ticket is non-refundable.

to play it safe - Usage:


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to play it safe - Gerund Form:

Playing it safe, he left fifteen minutes early to be sure he arrived on time.

to play it safe - Examples:

1)  It tells you now what it told them then: Play it safe. Avoid risk. Evade confrontation. Don't venture outside the territory ...

2)  ... they risk losing health benefits and tend to play it safe and not travel the world. 

3)  ... they had only 3 or 4 flavors to choose from. So I decided to play it safe and got chocolate chocolate. The cupcake itself was just OK, however ...

4)  One of my current questions is color: do I play it safe with a deep, warm grey or go with my heart and do ...

5)  ... your budget categories in order of importance and fulfill the most important items first. Play it safe; assume it'll be a while before you get money again.

6)  We should willingly take risks in supporting new projects. The tendency is to play it safe when funding is low, but we need to remember that the greatest ...

7)  Now it's more about playing it safe -- and not losing the money you already have.

8)  To try or not to try. To take a risk or play it safe. Your arguments have reminded me how precious the right to choose is.

9)  It feels more comfortable to play it safe.

10)  The problem with playing it safe all the time is that we hold back from living our biggest life ...

11)  Most developers seem content to "play it safe" and conform to all the popular genre conventions, making only a ...

12)  ... so we don't have any real competition for good art. They play it safe, produce generic art, and refuse to talk about independent artists opposed ...

13)  And if things don't work out that way, you can always play it safe again.

14)  You will grow old bitter and alone, because you were taught to play it safe and the successful ones in life weren't playing by those rules.

15)  ... or if i should supply my own. I always play it safe and pack them anyways.

16)  ... capital campaign consultant, ask them about their risk tolerance. Find out whether they play it safe or shoot for the moon.

17)  As far as iPhones go - this phone is the best example of a company playing it safe, not really changing anything, ...

18)  Rather than shred their campaign strategies, they played it safe, as most politicians would have.

19)  Be confident. No one ever got anywhere amazing by playing it safe. Take risks. Sometimes you fail, but it's worth it ...

20)  Average people play it safe with their resources. Successful people know when to take a risk.