Asked in English LanguageWord and Phrase Origins
What does the phrase safe harbor mean?
January 02, 2014 6:53PM
It means people won't mess with you in that specified location.
In a legal sense, it refers to a situation where you are immune from liability. For example, if you withhold taxes from your paycheck equal to what you owed last year, then you are in a "safe harbor" from estimated tax penalties, even if you underpay.