safe distance

safe distance

In naval mine warfare, the horizontal range from the edge of the explosion damage area to the center of the sweeper.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
Translations
à distance de sécurité
References in classic literature ?
Next time however he came near the King of Beasts he stopped at a safe distance and watched him pass by.
The Spaniel stopped short in dire consternation, and, after regarding the Bulldog a moment from a safe distance, said:
Had an accident then happened to the sledge, the travellers, attacked by these beasts, would have been in the most terrible danger; but it held on its even course, soon gained on the wolves, and ere long left the howling band at a safe distance behind.
The Keeper of the Wicket was by this time back in his old place, but he kept a safe distance from Toto.
His reputation for rudeness was so well established that she moved away to a safe distance, before she ventured to look at him again.
Of course they at once halted, a safe distance away from the terrible iron mallet.
"Because," answered the Princess, also stopping, a safe distance away, "if I run I may fall down and break myself."
But if your superior culture gets leaky again -- " He did not complete the sentence, but he twirled his gleaming axe so carelessly that the Woggle-Bug looked frightened, and shrank away to a safe distance.
Pollyanna, hurrying home from school, crossed the road at an apparently safe distance in front of a swiftly approaching motor car.
He surveyed the prize; walked around it; smelt at it from a safe distance; walked around it again; grew bolder, and took a closer smell; then lifted his lip and made a gingerly snatch at it, just missing it; made another, and another; began to enjoy the diversion; subsided to his stomach with the beetle between his paws, and continued his experiments; grew weary at last, and then indifferent and absent-minded.
When we seemed to approach too close, she darted suddenly away and from a safe distance uttered the soft sounds again.
Then with the automatic instinct for self-preservation, he sprang back into the bushes, and began to push his way through them until he had reached a safe distance from the danger zone.