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a free bit of advice

A suggestion, opinion, or piece of advice that was unrequested or unsolicited by the recipient. Allow me to give you a free bit of advice, my friend: don't say something you'll end up regretting later.
See also: advice, bit, free, of

Dutch uncle

a man who gives frank and direct advice to someone. (In the way an uncle might, but not a real relative.) I would not have to lecture you like a Dutch uncle if you were not so extravagant. He acts more like a Dutch uncle than a husband. He's forever telling her what to do in public.
See also: Dutch, uncle

Nothing is given so freely as advice.

Prov. People will give you advice more willingly than they give you anything else. Although no one in my family was willing to give me a loan, they all had suggestions about how I could get the money from elsewhere. Nothing is given so freely as advice. Don't hesitate to ask people what they think you ought to do. Nothing is given so freely as advice.
See also: advice, freely, given, nothing

sage advice

very good and wise advice. My parents gave me some sage advice when I turned 18. I asked my uncle for some of his sage advice.
See also: advice

Dutch uncle

A stern, candid critic or adviser, as in When I got in trouble with the teacher again, the principal talked to me like a Dutch uncle . This expression, often put as talk to one like a Dutch uncle, presumably alludes to the sternness and sobriety attributed to the Dutch. [Early 1800s]
See also: Dutch, uncle
References in classic literature ?
The owl hasn't given us any advice, as yet," the boy declared.
I can tell you (this is, of course, strictly between ourselves) that the authorities at my office took his advice in a Government case that puzzled the police.
He wrote a sedative prescription; and he gave (with a happy choice of language) some sound and safe advice.
His advice is that I should apply to the nearest magistrate, and relieve you and myself of all further trouble in that way.
We have had a little difficulty with a man over at Saint-Laurent, and I have come to ask your advice about it.
My good Taboureau, I am willing to give medical advice to the poor without charging for it; but I cannot look into the lawsuits of a man who is as wealthy as you are for nothing.
If you want my advice, in order to save the hard coin you would have to pay to the lawyer folk over in Grenoble, you must send a bag of rye to the widow Martin, the woman who is bringing up the charity children.
She was remarkably uncommunicative about herself, and she was too quietly independent of all advice from experienced persons who understood the duties of a sick-room--but with these drawbacks, she was a good nurse, and she never gave either Lady Glyde or Mr.
But if there is not some change for the better in that time, send for advice from London, which this mule of a doctor must accept in spite of himself.
Dawson," I answered, "in your ladyship's place I should remember the Count's advice.
The honest locksmith alone addressed a few words of coherent and sensible advice to both parties, urging John Willet to remember that Joe was nearly arrived at man's estate, and should not be ruled with too tight a hand, and exhorting Joe himself to bear with his father's caprices, and rather endeavour to turn them aside by temperate remonstrance than by ill-timed rebellion.
A restricted adviser will offer advice on a specific set of products or a smaller product range from a limited market.
Now Northern advice service DAWN Advice is urging workers to consider seeking help - available free of charge - as quickly as possible.
Technology may continue to speed a worldwide information revolution, but author Michael Schrage points out that "while good advice is surely good information, good information is not necessarily good advice.
There is no dispute here that the investment advice fees at issue meet the requirement of the first clause.