safety net

noun

Definition of safety net

: something that provides security against misfortune or difficulty

Examples of safety net in a Sentence

The program provides a safety net for people who have lost their jobs.
Recent Examples on the Web There’s still an ideological tension over the nature of the safety net. David Montgomery, Washington Post, 14 May 2022 The lack of more of a social safety net for pregnant women, mothers and infants may be an issue on Nov. 8, said Beth Vanderkooi, executive director of Greater Columbus Right to Life. Laura Hancock, cleveland, 7 May 2022 Indigenous groups are disproportionately vulnerable to the virus due to malnutrition, little access to potable water and lack of a financial safety net, according to Ashley Baldwin, a spokesperson for the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). USA Today, 20 Mar. 2022 Your home equity can be part of a financial safety net, but using it requires preparation. Nerd Wallet, oregonlive, 28 Feb. 2022 Read more from Alex and Neil on why many Democrats are now against expanding America's social safety net. Rick Klein, ABC News, 15 Feb. 2022 The pandemic has only exacerbated these challenges and highlighted the importance of expanding the social safety net -- especially for those who have been historically deprived of equal opportunities. Brandon Scott, CNN, 21 Oct. 2021 Kim Smith, founder/executive director of Second Stride Inc., a racehorse safety net & transitioning charity. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 28 Apr. 2022 Last December, Manchin refused to support the Build Back Better bill, the social safety net legislation that included many liberal priorities, such as free preschool, major climate change initiatives and extending the child tax credit. Merdie Nzanga, USA TODAY, 25 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of safety net

1877, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

16 May 2022

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“Safety net.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/safety%20net. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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