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#1 2005-12-27 04:40:41

klakritz
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From: Winchester Massachusetts
Registered: 2005-10-25
Posts: 674

'air on the side of caution' for 'err on the side of caution'

This is fairly common- 500+ ghits. I’m not convinced that semantic reinterpetation is taking place, but it might be. Perhaps ‘to air o9n the side of caution’ is to leave air (or space) between yourself and a dangerous situation. Examples:

When hitchhiking, it’s smarter to air on the side of caution when accepting a ride.
www.bootsnall.com/articles/05-03/my-unc … rance.html

It is always better to air on the side of caution when in an accident and have
especially potentially serious problems like back and neck injuries checked.
www.anattorneynearyou.com/personal_inju … njury.html

When it comes to matters of ethics, we must always air on the side of caution
and observe the spirit of the law: full financial disclosure at all levels…
www.mtgop.org/ebrief_02102005.asp

...but certainly post 9/11, one would think in terms of intelligence estimates
on WMD’s, our government officials should air on the side of caution.
www.nationalreview.com/beltway/week_2005_04_03.html

You have to air on the side of caution when you have 300 people in the cabin.
abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=local&id=3708084

We didn’t have any indication that there was asbestos contamination but we wanted to air on the side of caution.
www.mesolink.org/mesothelioma-news/12-29-04.html

Keep your ear to the ground, keep yourself educated on email issues in the news, and always air on the side of caution.
www.thinkavenue.com/articles/security/article01.htm

... until it is studied by an independent group conducting a true blind study, I would air on the side of caution when giving it to my child.
www.pwsnotes.org/CoQ10

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