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.

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Walsh faced criticism from some advocates who complained that his administration was slow to address the gaping hole in the city’s social safety net. BostonGlobe.com, "Most read on BostonGlobe.com," 12 Sep. 2019 More than a dozen laws were enacted after the newsroom highlighted significant problems, troublesome trends or gaps in the safety net. oregonlive.com, "Journalistic impact can be measured in new laws, proposed reforms: Editor’s notebook," 23 Aug. 2019 Police departments, like the NYPD, are expanding the safety net by offering more counseling and avenues for officers to seek help anonymously. Jeff Pegues, CBS News, ""There's people out there that love you": NYPD commissioner makes plea to officers after recent suicides," 15 Aug. 2019 This is just the latest salvo in a decades-long, bipartisan effort to shred the social safety net. Elliot Haspel, The New Republic, "The Cruelty of Trump’s Attack on Food Stamps," 23 July 2019 However, a new policy idea, endorsed by a number of Democrats in Congress and pushed by the influential (and deep pocketed) Economic Security Project, would transform the safety net for non-working parents overnight. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Parenting can be a full-time job. Activists want the tax code to treat it that way.," 15 July 2019 Liberals are less scared of the word socialism, and are not content simply to raise taxes on the wealthy to strengthen the social safety net. Bobby Jindal, WSJ, "Conservatives, Put Culture First," 1 July 2019 Volunteers provide some 3,000 daily meals as well as healthcare, clothing, shelter and job training to homeless and those who’ve slipped through the city’s social safety net. Catherine Bigelow, San Francisco Chronicle, "A bevy of benefits for St. Anthony’s, Mission Dolores Academy, zoo," 7 May 2018 To enjoy the free time, financial and psychological safety net, as well as the invisible capital required to build the next Facebook—that is a luxury indeed. Aimee Groth, Quartz, "Andrew Yang’s basic income plan permits Americans to fail. And that’s a good thing," 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of safety net

1877, in the meaning defined above

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safety net

noun

English Language Learners Definition of safety net

: a net that is placed below acrobats to catch them if they fall
: something that helps someone who is in a difficult situation

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