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stay safe is grammatically correct and play it safe is an idiomatic expression. But how about performing safe? Can I use performing safely instead of performing safe in the context?

Given the risks of taking risks, there are obvious upsides to not taking risks. You stay safe. You never get uncomfortable. And you minimize the risk of failure.

It’s a simple choice because would you rather take risks and give yourself a strong chance of real success or play it safe and guarantee failure?

You need to prepare yourself for performing at the next level. And performing safe just won’t cut it.

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  • To play [it] safe (don't be "adventurous", avoid risky alternatives) is an established idiomatic usage, but to perform safe is at the very least an "unusual" sequence (and to perform safely has no special idiomatic currency or significance). Apr 10, 2022 at 15:35

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"You need to prepare yourself for performing at the next level. And performing safe just won’t cut it." sounds more than a little odd to me (AME speaker).

"You need to prepare yourself for performing at the next level. Playing it safe just won’t cut it." on the other hand would be entirely normal.

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