play safe

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 do, so he played it safe and stopped his own car.
Categories: {informal} {v. phr.}

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