It is better to be careful and avoid any sort of harmful risks, injuries or complicated situations that you might regret later

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  • This idiom originated a few hundred years ago. According to the first form of this idiom people used to say ‘better sure than sorry’ later ‘sure’ was replaced by ‘safe’. It is taken in the form of a sensible advice, given to others, to stay careful in order to prevent any injury or unwanted situation. Most of the mothers and elderly people use this phrase to instruct the younger ones.
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Clark instructed to put the safety gear on, before using the chemicals, to be better safe than sorry.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

Additional definitions for 'Better Safe than Sorry':

better safe than sorryIt is preferable to be cautious in one's choices and actions than to suffer afterwards.
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