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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; to be very cautious. 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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Some 116 offenders were cautioned for causing or inciting a child under 16 to engage in sexual activity, while 51 people were cautioned for causing or inciting prostitution for gain.
He said: "The offender must understand the significance of a caution and give informed consent to being cautioned.
Last year 257 people were cautioned for the possession of a weapon, compared with 351 last year and 287 the year before.
three people cautioned Rape of a female child under 13 .
A total of 20 per cent of the 30,434 suspects arrested and dealt with for violent crime and 24 per cent for the 5,399 arrested for criminal damage, were cautioned.
Merseyside Police and the Crown Prosecution Service in Merseyside have recently agreed a policy whereby anyone arrested for carrying a weapon, where there is sufficient evidence, will be charged rather than cautioned.
For someone to be cautioned, the suspect needs to make a clear admission before the custody sergeant considers various factors to decide whether or not a caution is the appropriate course of action.
The figures also revealed that five people were cautioned for supplying or offering to supply class A drugs, and one person was cautioned for supplying or offering to supply class B drugs.
HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary Sir Keith Povey was alarmed that Huntley wasn't cautioned when he admitted having sex with a 15-year-old.
Robberies, sexual assaults on children and child abductions are just some of the crimes offenders have been cautioned for rather than being taken to court.
MORE than 120 Teesside sex offenders have been cautioned rather than charged in the last five years - including cases involving children and rape.
Mr Davies said he is not worried about cases where children have been cautioned for sleeping with girlfriends or boyfriends, describing them as 'not a threat to society'.
In the the 12 months to March 2006, West Midlands Police cautioned 7,371 juveniles.
Women's groups last night demanded a full explanation from the Government after it emerged that up to 40 rapists a year are being cautioned instead of facing jail.
More than 80 per cent of juveniles cautioned for a first offence do not come to the notice of police again within two years," added the spokesman.