from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A large net for catching one that falls or jumps, as from a circus trapeze.
- n. A guarantee, as of professional, physical, or financial security: the safety net of a generous pension plan.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A large net placed horizontally beneath performing aerialists such as trapeze artists or tightrope walkers, intended to catch a performer who falls and to protect him or her from harm.
- n. Anything, such as a governmental program, that provides security against extreme disadvantage or misfortune.
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- n. a guarantee of professional or financial security
- n. a large strong net to catch circus acrobats who fall or jump from a trapeze
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But I always got my heart broken in high school by guys like Steff, guys who knew no matter what they said and did, below them was the safety net of their parents’ money, which, to me, was more exotic than ritual cannibalism or voodoo-chanting Gypsies.
By the time Clinton left office, it appeared as if some equilibrium had been achieved-a smaller government, but one that retained the social safety net FDR had first put into place.
She imagined being tumbled back the short distance into the safety net of deep squashy cushions, crushed into the softness by that lithe, hard body, dominated and controlled by his clever hands, which had already slipped under her T-shirt to explore her bare back and the satin smoothness of her seamless bra.