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caution (one) about (someone or something)

To warn one about someone or something. My mom always cautions me about the dangers of texting while driving. You need to caution him about Allie before he falls prey to her usual tricks.
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throw caution to the wind(s)

To abandon one's cautiousness in order to take a risk. You can't live life completely reserved, you know. You've got to throw caution to the wind every now and then. After my father won a bit of money at the race tracks, he began throwing caution to the winds and gambling everything we had there.
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err on the side of caution

To avoid risky or irresponsible behavior. I like to err on the side of caution and always keep some money in my savings account. Since we don't know where we're going, let's err on the side of caution and leave an hour early.
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caution someone about someone or something

 and caution someone against someone or something
to warn someone against someone or something. Haven't I cautioned you about that before? Hasn't someone cautioned you about Daniel?
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throw caution to the wind

Cliché to become very careless. Jane, who is usually cautious, threw caution to the wind and went swimming in the ocean. I don't mind taking a little chance now and then, but I'm not the type of person who throws caution to the wind.
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throw caution to the winds

Also, throw discretion to the winds. Behave or speak very rashly, as in Throwing caution to the winds, he ran after the truck, or I'm afraid she's thrown discretion to the winds and told everyone about the divorce. This expression uses to the winds in the sense of "utterly vanishing" or "out of existence," a usage dating from the mid-1600s. The first recorded use of throw to the winds was in 1885.
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err on the side of caution

COMMON If you err on the side of caution, you decide to act in a careful way, rather than take risks. It is better on your first few weights sessions to err on the side of caution, and start with a weight which is lighter than you think you can handle. Note: People use other words instead of caution, according to the subject they are discussing. When I discussed the matter with ministers in July I said that we should err on the side of generosity.
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throw caution to the wind

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throw caution to the winds

COMMON If you throw caution to the wind or throw caution to the winds, you do something without worrying about the risks and danger involved. Perhaps I should throw caution to the wind, give up my job and just go travelling. This was no time to think, he decided. He threw caution to the winds and rang the bell of the ground-floor flat.
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throw caution to the wind (or winds)

act in a completely reckless manner.
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throw caution to the ˈwind(s)

(often humorous) stop caring about how dangerous something might be; start taking risks: I decided to throw caution to the winds and buy myself a really expensive pair of shoes.He threw caution to the wind and dived in after the child. OPPOSITE: tread carefully, warily, etc.
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People may be cautioned for a relatively minor offence but they don't realise it then goes on their police record," she said.
The report added that if Huntley had been cautioned, he would have had a record on the Police National Computer for at least five years.
Nationally, almost 8,000 sex offenders were cautioned across England in the last five years rather than being charged.
The nation's four police forces, South Wales, Gwent, North Wales and Dyfed-Powys, were asked by WoS to supply figures under the Freedom of Information Act on how many people had been cautioned for sexual offences in the past five years.
Mr Tonks, chairman of West Midlands Police Federation, said: "It's disgraceful 43 juveniles were cautioned for assaulting police.
But Greenspan, despite his exuberance, also cautioned members of Congress that low inflation and strong-growth probably wouldn't last forever.
Some 2,725 girls aged 14 were cautioned for shoplifting compared to 1,987 boys.
For assaults, 263 youngsters were charged and 241 were cautioned.
In the West Midlands, two people were cautioned for rape between 2002 and 2006, 104 people were cautioned for offences against children, and six for offences against children aged under 13.
UP TO 40 rapists a year are being cautioned and allowed to walk free instead of facing jail terms.
Stockholders are cautioned that TRC Capital's unsolicited offer of $73.
ROCK guitarist Pete Townshend has been cautioned by police over child porn offences.
Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on this press release and other forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release.
Across England and Wales, 10 and 11-year-olds were cautioned 810 times in 2014, up from 585 time in 2013, but down from 5,566 times in 2004.
Among those cautioned by West Midlands Police rather than sent to court was a 43-year-old man who had an extreme catalogue of 621 images.