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throw discretion to the wind(s)

To act or behave recklessly and/or fearlessly, with no sense of restraint or propriety. (An older variant of the now more common "throw caution to the wind(s).") After my father won a bit of money at the race tracks, he began throwing discretion to the winds and ended up gambling away everything we had. You can't live life completely reserved, you know—you've got to throw discretion to the wind every now and then.
See also: discretion, throw

Discretion is the better part of valor.

Prov. It is good to be brave, but it is also good to be careful.; If you are careful, you will not get into situations that require you to be brave. Son: Can I go hang gliding with my friends? Father: No. Son: But they'll say I'm chicken if I don't go! Father: Discretion is the better part of valor, and I'd rather have them call you chicken than risk your life.
See also: better, discretion, of, part, valor

ounce of discretion is worth a pound of wit

Prov. Knowing when to refrain from making jokes is better than being able to make jokes all the time. Mabel makes fun of everybody, regardless of whether or not she hurts their feelings. Someone should tell her that an ounce of discretion is worth a pound of wit.
See also: discretion, of, ounce, pound, wit, worth

Discretion is the better part of valour.

  (British & Australian literary) also Discretion is the better part of valor. (American & Australian literary)
something that you say which means that it is better to be careful and think before you act than it is to be brave and take risks She decided not to voice her opposition to the Chairman's remarks. Perhaps discretion was the better part of valour.
See also: better, discretion, of, part

be the soul of discretion

to be good at not talking about things that other people want to keep secret As regards Nigel, he's the soul of discretion. I'm quite sure he won't mention this to anyone.
See bare heart, sell soul
See also: discretion, of, soul

discretion is the better part of valor

It is better to be prudent than merely courageous, as in I'm signing up for the easy course first; discretion is the better part of valor. This proverb, a synonym of look before you leap, was first recorded in 1477. Charles Churchill put it in poetic form: "Even in a hero's heart, Discretion is the better part" ( The Ghost, 1762). Shakespeare also used a form of it: "The better part of valor is discretion" ( 1 Henry IV, 5:4).
See also: better, discretion, of, part, valor

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.
See also: caution, throw, wind
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Preservation of the proper division of labor between trial and appellate courts requires careful consideration by both of the situations in which discretion is exercised, and also requires mutual respect and deference.
Of the 22 municipalities with the highest total municipal discretion scores, seven are located in Illinois, four in Colorado, two each in Texas and Georgia, and one each in Arizona, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, Oregon, and South Dakota.
The article further proposes that there are four fundamental patterns of discretion In organisations, namely (i) staff discretion, (ii) supervisory discretion, (iii) managerial discretion, and (iv) executive discretion, with each pattern being defined by specific levels of discretion in the eight domains.
216) At least two circuits have suggested that the discretion should not be exercised simply to correct a wrong result, (217) with at least one decision stating either that review of unpreserved error or new argument is appropriate where the standard of review is de novo and not requiring any deference to the trial court, (218) or where the issue is a "threshold" one.
Walsh, a vocal critic of the rules when they were first introduced, said if the BHA wanted to introduce more discretion the limits should be relaxed to become guidelines, as they were before the recommendations of the whip review were introduced.
The sudden termination of enforcement discretion based on tentative Agency conclusions disrupts well-founded industry expectations based on the express terms of the original 2003 enforcement discretion letters and fails to take into account the logistical difficulties and associated time involved in launching reformulated and/or relabeled dietary supplements that conform to the Agency's newly announced proposed criteria.
Legislators modify discretion by writing laws with language that limits agency authority (Huber and Shipan 2002).
Discretion has been described as the art of making opportune, strategic decisions while seeking solutions to common practical problems (Simon, 1988).
In contrast, the minority's categorical approach is ultimately unworkable given the difficulty of distinguishing between law and discretion in the modern administrative state.
ICE officers exercise discretion throughout the alien apprehension and removal process, but primarily during the initial phases of the process when deciding to initiate removals, apprehend aliens, issue removal documents, and detain aliens.
Example 2: A consultant, P, to a company, is entitled under the terms of his service contract entered into in 2005, to receive $200,000 on completion of the services and an additional $300,000 after two years if the company exercises its sole discretion to pay it.
Florida Jurisprudence contains the following statement about when a court will not interfere with the exercise of discretion by a trustee: "Provided a trustee acts in good faith and within the limits of the sound execution of the trust placed in him, equity will not substitute its discretion for that of the trustee, or interfere with that discretion without cause.
The CSC used its discretion to offer her 50% support while she completed the last five credits for her degree on a full-time basis.
Global Banking News-April 22, 2015--Basel watchdog makes changes to capital discretion for supervisors
The Basel Committee of banking supervisors from nearly 30 countries published six examples of capital requirements on Tuesday where national regulators will no longer have discretion over whether to apply them or not.