Meaning of safety play in English:

safety play

noun

  • 1Billiards Snooker Pool
    The aspect of the game in which a player attempts not to score points but rather to leave the balls in such a position that his or her opponent will be unable to score with the next shot; compare sense 6a.

  • 2Bridge
    A play that risks the loss of a trick in order to safeguard against losing the contract.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The New York Times.