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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SAFE

Two furlongs hence, and we shall be safe in the hostel at Dogmersfield.

“Nay, he is safe at home, where I would I were,” sighed Kit.

Gave the horses as much as I considered it safe for them to have at one time.

We are now safe again, and I must give the horses a few days' rest.

It traded with all the world and offered a safe home to the merchant and to the artisan.

In a few weeks from that time, this party were all safe in Canada.

They had experienced heavy weather, but everything was dry and safe.

But the Holy Laws no longer needed the safe shelter of a royal shrine.

"Only place where they would be safe, then," said the spokesman.

A surplus in the Treasury created by loans is not a permanent or safe reliance.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "unscathed, unhurt, uninjured; free from danger or molestation, in safety, secure; saved spiritually, redeemed, not damned;" from Old French sauf "protected, watched-over; assured of salvation," from Latin salvus "uninjured, in good health, safe," related to salus "good health," saluber "healthful," all from PIE *solwos from root *sol- "whole" (cf. Latin solidus "solid," Sanskrit sarvah "uninjured, intact, whole," Avestan haurva- "uninjured, intact," Old Persian haruva-, Greek holos "whole").

As a quasi-preposition from c.1300, on model of French and Latin cognates. From late 14c. as "rescued, delivered; protected; left alive, unkilled." Meaning "not exposed to danger" (of places) is attested from late 14c.; of actions, etc., "free from risk," first recorded 1580s. Meaning "sure, reliable, not a danger" is from c.1600. Sense of "conservative, cautious" is from 1823. Paired alliteratively with sound (adj.) from late 14c. The noun safe-conduct (late 13c.) is from Old French sauf-conduit (13c.).

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