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Definition of SFW

  1. safe for work; suitable for work —used to tell someone that a website, attachment, etc. is suitable for viewing at most places of employment Personalising your work area with screensavers or photos enhances your ability to cope with distractions and to fend off emotional exhaustion. They act as expressions of individual identity and help you maintain your energy. Just make sure they're SFW … — Sophie Goddard, Cosmopolitan (UK), May 2014 — compare NSFW

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