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Dictionary entry overview: What does safe and sound mean?

SAFE AND SOUND (adjective) The adjective SAFE AND SOUND has 1 sense:


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free from danger or injury


Familiarity information: SAFE AND SOUND used as an adjective is very rare.

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• SAFE AND SOUND (adjective)



Free from danger or injury


safe and sound; unhurt

Context example:

the children were found safe and sound


safe (free from danger or the risk of harm)

Context examples

And I ran to the door in time to see Jim Hawkins, safe and sound, come climbing over the stockade.

(Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson)

So when Frederick and Catherine came down, there they found all their money safe and sound.

(Fairy Tales, by The Brothers Grimm)

Here he is, safe and sound behind me.

(The Lost World, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

Let us only find him safe and sound, and I’ll never lose sight of him until I see him in the ring.

(Rodney Stone, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

“I thought I’d bring him round myself; then he couldn’t slip away. There he is, all safe and sound. I must go now, Doctor; I have my dooties, just the same as you.”

(The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

Thoroughly tired, I went to bed too, at midnight; passed the next day on the Dover coach; burst safe and sound into my aunt"s old parlour while she was at tea (she wore spectacles now); and was received by her, and Mr. Dick, and dear old Peggotty, who acted as housekeeper, with open arms and tears of joy.

(David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens)

All I ask is your word, Cap"n Smollett, to let me safe and sound out of this here stockade, and one minute to get out o" shot before a gun is fired.

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(Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson)

“I have been in a mouse-hole—and in a snail-shell—and down a cow’s throat—and in the wolf’s belly; and yet here I am again, safe and sound.”

(Fairy Tales, by The Brothers Grimm)

Now that, through the intelligence and activity of Mr. Malone (I cannot help quoting the words), we have got our chart, our one and only immediate duty is to get ourselves safe and sound out of this awful place.

(The Lost World, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

"Apparently the age of romance was not dead, and there was common ground upon which the wildest imaginings of the novelist could meet the actual scientific investigations of the searcher for truth. He would only add, before he sat down, that he rejoiced—and all of them would rejoice—that these gentlemen had returned safe and sound from their difficult and dangerous task, for it cannot be denied that any disaster to such an expedition would have inflicted a well-nigh irreparable loss to the cause of Zoological science."

(The Lost World, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

"Good men are scarce." (English proverb)"Time is gold." (Albanian proverb)"If two thieves quarreled, what was stolen emerges." (Arabic proverb)"He who injures with the sword will be finished by the sword." (Corsican proverb)