err err  /ˈɛr/

Definition(s):

  1. (v) to make a mistake or be incorrect
  2. (v) wander from a direct course or at random

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Usage(s):

  1. In very general terms, Republicans would prefer to err on the side of undercounting and Democrats would prefer to err on the side of overcounting.
  2. But associates say he has been emphatic about one thing: the Administration should err on the high side.
  3. Better to err on the side of fuddy-duddy caution.

News

  1. SEIU pay-raise deal could spawn hikes for other unions

    California's largest public employee union and Gov. Jerry Brown reached a new labor agreement early Tuesday, sending a strong signal that pay raises are possible to other unions bargaining contracts with the administration.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Sacramento Bee

  2. The Printed Page: This Sleek, Comfy Home? Yeah, It's Made of Recycled Trash

    Photo by Mark Seelen/Dwell With some exceptions, architecture built from discarded goods don't need to look like trash; in fact, there's a slew of evidence—including all manner of impeccable shipping container houses, eco-friendly millionaire pads, and, err, cafes made from...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Curbed

  3. Jessica Alba's Heats Up Summer in Citrus Hues

    Jessica Alba (Getty) These days we mostly see Jessica Alba 's eclectic street style compiled of funky sneakers, print skinny jeans, and leather jackets. So it was a fun surprise when the actress took over the red, err leopard print carpet of Spike TV's Guys Choice Awards. Jessica was a Versace vixen in a structured yellow snakeskin mini dress. She paired the smoldering piece with bright orange ...
    on June 10, 2013     Source: StyleBistro

Quotes

  1. Mayor Frank Cownie said the evacuations were an attempt "to err on the side of citizens and residents."
    on Sep 9, 2006 By: Frank Cownie Source: Newsday

  2. "The First Amendment requires us to err on the side of protecting political speech rather than suppressing it," Roberts wrote. "Where the First Amendment is implicated, the tie goes to the speaker, not the censor."
    on Jun 25, 2007 By: John Roberts Source: ABC News

  3. "Is the patient himself highly infectious? Fortunately, in this case, he's probably not," CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding said. "But the other piece is this bacteria is a very deadly bacteria. We just have to err on the side of caution."
    on May 30, 2007 By: Julie Gerberding Source: ABC News

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