err on the side of caution

err on the side of caution
to decide to take care rather than take any risks: »

Given the uncertainties in the market, it would be far better to err on the side of caution.

Main Entry: caution

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • err on the side of caution — if you err on the side of caution when you are deciding what to do, you do the thing that is safe instead of taking a risk. I decided to err on the side of caution and spend less than my full allowance …   New idioms dictionary

  • err on the side of caution —    When uncertain about what to do, if you err on the side of cautionyou do more than what is adequate rather than take any risks.     When I m not sure how much food to prepare, I tend to err on the side     of caution and prepare far too much …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • err on the side of caution — verb To act in the least risky manner in a situation where one is uncertain about the consequences. They are all zealous to the last degree in support of the extreme policy. . . . They certainly will not err on the side of caution …   Wiktionary

  • err on the side of something — err on the side of (something) to choose an action that may be too extreme. If we re not sure what s needed, let s err on the side of being too prepared. Usage notes: usually used in the form err on the side of caution: I decided to err on the… …   New idioms dictionary

  • err on the side of — (something) to choose an action that may be too extreme. If we re not sure what s needed, let s err on the side of being too prepared. Usage notes: usually used in the form err on the side of caution: I decided to err on the side of caution and… …   New idioms dictionary

  • err on the side of something — phrase to do more than is really necessary in order to avoid a particular situation We are erring on the side of caution and have closed the school. Thesaurus: to avoid risks or dangersynonym Main entry: err * * * err on the side of sth idiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • err on the side of — display more rather than less of (a specified quality) in one s actions it is better to err on the side of caution * * * err on the side of ◇ To err on the side of something, such as caution, is to use or show more of it than may be needed so… …   Useful english dictionary

  • err on the side of — display more rather than less of (a quality): it is better to err on the side of caution. → err …   English new terms dictionary

  • err on the side of something — to do more than is really necessary in order to avoid a particular situation We are erring on the side of caution and have closed the school …   English dictionary

  • caution — cau‧tion [ˈkɔːʆn ǁ ˈkɒː ] noun [uncountable] FINANCE if there is caution in the financial markets, people are unwilling to buy or sell because they are worried that prices will fall: • Investors exercised caution in the run up to the election. * …   Financial and business terms

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