play it safe

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of play it safe

: to be careful and avoid risk or danger
  • I decided to play it safe and leave early so that I would be sure to arrive on time.

Word by Word Definitions

play play
  1. : swordplay

  2. : game, sport

  3. : the conduct, course, or action of a game

  1. : to engage in sport or recreation : frolic

  2. : to have sexual relations

  3. : to move aimlessly about : trifle

safe play
  1. : free from harm or risk : unhurt

  2. : secure from threat of danger, harm, or loss

  3. : successful at getting to a base in baseball without being put out

  1. : a place or receptacle to keep articles (such as valuables) safe

  2. : condom


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