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err on the side of caution

Meaning: If you err on the side of caution, you are overly careful in your approach to something.

For example:

  • My friends said I was erring on the side of caution when I decided not to risk investing my money in the share market.

  • Gary doesn't think he errs on the side of caution. He just thinks he doesn't take unnecessary risks.

Quick Quiz:

Julia's boyfriend said she was erring on the side of caution when she
  1. agreed to climb Mount Everest
  2. said she wouldn't mind making a parachute jump
  3. refused to fly in a helicopter

Discuss: err on the side of caution

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