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 updated plan would allow for more construction for the future, while Frey’s plans to invest $40 million in programs to help those suffering from the impact of high housing costs would help expand the safety net today. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Here’s what a plan to tackle climate change, density, and affordability looks like," 27 Nov. 2018 An industry that provides safety nets and holds our companies accountable. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Telltale plans to finish The Walking Dead despite mass layoffs," 25 Sep. 2018 Some entrepreneurs don’t have a financial safety net to take the startup plunge on their own. Jason Del Rey, Recode, "The rise of giant consumer startups that said no to investor money," 29 Aug. 2018 The Yankees now have the safety net of the wild-card berth, but who wants to stake their entire season on a one-game, wild-card game against the Seattle Mariners and James Paxton? Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Yankees' pitching needs mean Manny Machado must wait 'til winter for his pinstripes," 11 July 2018 The exodus has strained the social safety nets of Venezuela's neighbors, particularly in Boa Vista, where the 40,000 who have settled in shelters and public spaces now account for 10% of the city's population. Jill Langlois,, "Escaping Venezuela: They pour into Brazil by the thousands looking for work," 24 May 2018 His work as Budget Committee chairman persuaded Republicans to embrace entitlement reform in their budget resolutions, charting a path to save the great safety nets of Social Security and Medicare from bankruptcy. Karl Rove, WSJ, "Paul Ryan’s Departure Is a Pity," 11 Apr. 2018 Then, the 2016 season started, then-head coach Les Miles put passing on the shelf, reverted to the safety net of his running game and got fired after a 2-2 start. Ron Higgins,, "LSU coach Ed Orgeron said he's committed to passing more," 3 Apr. 2018 This disparity shows up even in countries with strong social safety nets, like Denmark. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Most moms now work through their pregnancy. This gorgeous photo series honors them.," 31 Oct. 2018

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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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