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(figuratively, by extension) Anything, such as a governmental program, that provides security against extreme disadvantage or misfortune.
Three times a night, she went through her act, looping the loop without a safety net.
It provides a safety net for the least fortunate.
On this point the comparison group have a different other safety net.
It is called being an adult and is good training for when you leave the safety net of university.
They were outraged at tightened game laws and the loss of the social safety net of common pasture and woodland.
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