err on the side of

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Definition of err on the side of

: to use or show more of (something) than may be needed so that one can be sure that he or she is using or showing enough of it It's better to err on the side of generosity than to appear too stingy. We chose to err on the side of caution when planning our investments.

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“Err on the side of.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/err%20on%20the%20side%20of. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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