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10 Sayings about Danger

These are English sayings and proverbs about danger, or any situation where there is the possibility of suffering harm or injury.

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Sayings

Any port in a storm

In times of danger, any shelter is better than none. In an emergency, we have to accept whatever solution presents itself (for the time being).

Better safe than sorry

We should be careful in a dangerous situation. It is better to stay safe than to have an accident (and be sorry about it). The full "grammatical" sentence would be: "It is better to be safe than to be sorry."

Don't put all your eggs in one basket

If all your eggs are in one basket and you drop the basket, you lose everything. Don't put all your money in one bank. Don't put all your faith in one person.

He that will learn to pray, let him go to sea

The sea is supremely powerful, and can be a terrifying and awe-inspiring place.

If you play with fire you get burned

If you fool around with something that is potentially dangerous, you must expect to get harmed.

It is best to be on the safe side

1) Don't take risks. Be careful and cautious. 2) It's best to be sure. It's best to be absolutely certain.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained

We can't expect to achieve anything if we never take any risks.

Out of debt, out of danger

When we no longer owe money to anyone, we are safe and secure. The implication is that it is dangerous to owe anyone.

Out of office, out of danger

The implication is that people in high government or official jobs are not safe. They will be safe only when they leave their job.

There is safety in numbers

You are safer as part of a group of people than as an individual. Being in a group makes people more confident about taking action.

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