play safe

play safe
(play (it) safe)
играть наверняка, избегать риска, действовать осторожно

‘You've got this all wrong, uncle Frank. Lily's not like her mother. She's different.’ ‘Maybe so, son, but why take a chance? Why not play safe and marry a girl like Bessie Allbright who you can be sure isn't going to disgrace you and wreck your banking career?’ (E. Caldwell, ‘The Sure Hand of God’, ch. 13) — - Все это не так, дядя Фрэнк. На свою мать Лили не похожа. Она совсем другая. - Возможно, что и так, сынок. Но зачем рисковать? Не лучше ли сыграть наверняка, женившись на такой девушке, как Бесси Оллбрайт? Она-то уж, конечно, не опозорит тебя и не помешает твоей банковской карьере.

If a big politician like Senator Ashley Dukes plays safe, that's a good reason why a sheriff ought to look out for his future too. (E. Caldwell, ‘Trouble in July’, ch. II) — Если такой известный политический деятель, как сенатор Эшли Дьюкс, предпочитает не рисковать, почему бы и шерифу также не подумать о своем будущем.

Once again remembering the awful price of one more conviction, Keycase was tempted to play safe... (A. Hailey, ‘Hotel’, ch. 12) — Помня о том, какое ужасное наказание его ожидает, если он еще раз попадется и будет осужден, Кикейс действовал осторожно.

‘No doubt,’ said Francis bitterly, ‘if things went wrong, Roger would play safe.’ (C. P. Snow, ‘Corridors of Powers’, ch. XXXIII) — - Без сомнения, - продолжал Фрэнсис с горечью, - если даже дело примет плохой оборот, Роджер как-нибудь выкрутится.


Большой англо-русский фразеологический словарь. - М.: «Русский язык-Медиа».. 2006.

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  • play safe — To take no risks • • • Main Entry: ↑play play safe 1. To act in a manner that minimizes the risk of defeat, injury or loss 2. To act in a cautious way • • • Main Entry: ↑safe * * * play (or play it) safe take precaution …   Useful english dictionary

  • play safe — play (it) safe ► to decide not to take risks: »The federal government often plays it safe by funding research that is likely to succeed but may have only a slight impact. »The biggest companies usually play safe and hire top legal firms from… …   Financial and business terms

  • play\ safe — • play (it) safe v. phr. informal To be very careful; accept small gains or none to avoid loss; avoid danger for the sake of safety. He got tired as the game went on, and began to play safe. Tom didn t know what the other driver would do, so he… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • play safe — play (it) safe informal to be careful and not take risks. We decided to play safe and paint the walls a fairly neutral colour. They re playing it safe by not investing too much money until they ve seen the first year s accounts …   New idioms dictionary

  • play safe — index hedge Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • play safe — or[play it safe] {v. phr.}, {informal} To be very careful; accept small gains or none to avoid loss; avoid danger for the sake of safety. * /He got tired as the game went on, and began to play safe./ * /Tom didn t know what the other driver would …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • play safe — or[play it safe] {v. phr.}, {informal} To be very careful; accept small gains or none to avoid loss; avoid danger for the sake of safety. * /He got tired as the game went on, and began to play safe./ * /Tom didn t know what the other driver would …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • play safe — ► play (or play it) safe avoid taking risks. Main Entry: ↑play …   English terms dictionary

  • play safe — Synonyms and related words: clear the decks, consider every angle, forearm, guard against, hedge, leave out nothing, make sure, make sure against, overlook no possibility, prepare for, protect, provide a hedge, provide against, provide for, reef… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • play safe — behave in a cautious manner …   English contemporary dictionary

  • play safe —  Take no risks …   A concise dictionary of English slang


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