Actually, I did a search in Google and it came up 59,000 results of "play safe". Some of them were extracted from news reports. It seems to me as very common usage. Might it be a shorthand for "play it safe"?Originally Posted by RonBee
Upon consulting a dictionary, I found:
17: behave in a certain way; "play safe," "play it safe";
WordNet ® 1.6, © 1997 Princeton University
My original question is raised again.