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Safe

Safe, a room or kind of box used for the safekeeping of valuables, may be either fixed or portable, the name being more generally applied to the latter, and having a wide range of application from the household meat-safe to the highly-elaborated bank-safe, which is constructed of the strongest and least perishable materials, and so contrived as to preserve its contents safe from fire, craft, or violence. Burglar-proof safes are marvels of strength and ingenuity, as are also the various combination and time locks which make it almost impossible to obtain entrance without the proper key and the knowledge of its manipulation. The word is also used metaphorically in saddlery, plumbing, and distilling.

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