safety net
noun Date: 1953 something that provides security against misfortune or difficulty

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • safety net — ˈsafety net noun [countable] FINANCE actions by a government to help companies and financial institutions with financial difficulties: • In the event of a securities trading firm s collapse, a regulatory safety net guards against possible risks.… …   Financial and business terms

  • safety net — safety nets 1) N COUNT A safety net is something that you can rely on to help you if you get into a difficult situation. Welfare is the only real safety net for low income workers. 2) N COUNT In a circus, a safety net is a large net that is… …   English dictionary

  • safety net — n 1.) a large net that is placed below an ↑acrobat who is performing high above the ground, in order to catch them if they fall 2.) a system or arrangement that exists to help you if you have serious problems or get into a difficult situation… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • safety net — safety net, adj. 1. a large net rigged between a person, as a trapeze performer, and the ground as protection in a fall. 2. something that provides a margin of protection or security: the safety net of federal credit for financial institutions.… …   Universalium

  • safety net — safety ,net noun count 1. ) a plan or system that is designed to protect people or prevent serious problems: The welfare system provides a safety net for those in real need. 2. ) a net that is under something to catch people if they fall …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • safety net — ► NOUN 1) a net placed to catch an acrobat in case of a fall. 2) a safeguard against adversity …   English terms dictionary

  • safety net — n. 1. a net suspended as beneath circus aerialists to catch them if they fall 2. any protection against failure or loss …   English World dictionary

  • safety net — [n] level of economic security guaranteed by government benefits, buffer, government aid, insurance, precaution, protective umbrella, safeguard, subsidy; concept 344 …   New thesaurus

  • safety net — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms safety net : singular safety net plural safety nets 1) a plan or system that is designed to protect people or prevent serious problems The benefits system provides a safety net for those in real need. 2) a net… …   English dictionary

  • safety net — noun (C) 1 a large net used to catch someone who is performing high above the ground if they fall 2 a system or arrangement that exists to help you if you have serious problems or get into a difficult situation: a safety net of welfare payments… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • safety net —  Government social welfare programs designed to assist the poor. The term is derived from the net protecting circus high wire performers should they fall.  ► “What’s more, farmers are more cautious because they expect the government safety net to …   American business jargon

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