safety net


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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The program created a health care safety net for people with HIV and communities hit hardest by the disease. German Lopez, Vox, "Elizabeth Warren wants answers about Trump’s “pathetic” response to the opioid epidemic," 19 July 2018 Instability is dangerous for autocrats, especially in a country without a sturdy social safety net. Jesse M. Fried And Matthew Schoenfeld, WSJ, "Will China Cheat American Investors?," 13 Dec. 2018 The obvious problem stemming from the overall decline is that America’s population is aging, which means more older people who may need a social safety net and fewer younger people to pay into the systems that provide it. David Meyer, Fortune, "Baby Booms and Strong Economies Usually Go Hand-in Hand. So Why Did U.S. Fertility Just Hit a Record Low?," 17 May 2018 The Pacers have been awful defensively this season without the safety net of Oladipo's roving help. Rob Mahoney,, "The Emergence of Victor Oladipo Has the Pacers Going Above and Beyond," 27 Mar. 2018 Morrow made his Cubs debut in the fifth inning Tuesday against the Dodgers, but is operating without a safety net. Paul Sullivan,, "No safety net this spring for new Cubs closer Brandon Morrow," 7 Mar. 2018 Building connection long-distance is a complex process, starting with trying to circumvent the Great Firewall of China, a safety net barring danger and dissent, but also possibility and perspective. Shao Xinning, Seventeen, "This Teen Created Her Own Pen Pal Service in Order to Connect Girls Across China," 18 Mar. 2019 Today Amazon is discounting those digital safety nets from SanDisk and Western Digital with a wide variety of gigabytes capacities and storage tech to suit a wide range of devices. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Get Some Extra Space With Today's SanDisk Memory Storage Sale," 27 Feb. 2019 Ryanism — the belief in privatizing Social Security and Medicare, shrinking the national debt, and solving poverty through, among other things, cutting social safety nets — has been pushed to the wayside. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Paul Ryan wants you to know he has identified what’s wrong with the Republican Party," 17 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of safety net

1877, in the meaning defined above

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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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