Better safe than sorry



better safe than sorry

Being careful may avoid disaster, as in I’m not taking any short-cuts—better safe than sorry. This cautionary phrase appeared as better sure than sorry in 1837.

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  • Better than

    Superior to, as in He’s no better than Tom at writing a memo. [ 9th century ] More than, larger in amount or greater in rate, as in My new car can do better than 100 miles an hour, or The new plan will cut better than 15 percent of costs. Some authorities consider this […]

  • Bettered

    of superior quality or excellence: a better coat; a better speech. morally superior; more virtuous: They are no better than thieves. of superior suitability, advisability, desirability, acceptableness, etc.; preferable: a better time for action. larger; greater: the better part of a lifetime. improved in health; healthier than before. completely recovered in health. in a more […]



  • Bettering

    of superior quality or excellence: a better coat; a better speech. morally superior; more virtuous: They are no better than thieves. of superior suitability, advisability, desirability, acceptableness, etc.; preferable: a better time for action. larger; greater: the better part of a lifetime. improved in health; healthier than before. completely recovered in health. in a more […]

  • Betterment

    the act or process of bettering; improvement. an improvement of property other than by mere repairs. Contemporary Examples Blindsided in Brazil Mac Margolis June 19, 2013 Ed Brooke: The Senate’s Civil Rights Pioneer and Prophet of a Post-Racial America John Avlon January 3, 2015 An Epidemic of Absence: Destroying the Bugs in Our Bodies Can […]



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