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To avoid risks or danger - thesaurus

Synonyms

escape

verb

to avoid being killed or seriously injured in an accident or attack

retreat

verb

to avoid a dangerous, unpleasant, or embarrassing situation, especially by moving away from it

skate over/around

to avoid a difficult subject or situation

miss

verb

to escape something that is unpleasant or uncomfortable

provide against

to make arrangements to prevent or deal with something bad that may happen

take evasive action

to do something to avoid a dangerous situation

have a narrow/lucky escape

to avoid being killed or seriously injured only because you were lucky or made a very big effort

play (it) safe

to avoid taking any risks

evade

verb

to avoid being caught, especially after you have done something illegal

hedge

verb

to protect yourself from risks involving your money

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cheat death/fate

to avoid death when this seems impossible

childproof

verb

to make something safe for children, or unable to be damaged by children

err on the side of something

formal to do more than is really necessary in order to avoid a particular situation

escape

verb

to avoid a difficult or unpleasant situation

hang on by your fingernails

to just manage to avoid failure or danger

keep/stay/steer clear of

to avoid someone or something unpleasant or dangerous

run a mile

to try to avoid a situation or a person because you are embarrassed or frightened

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