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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.
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the soul of discretion

Someone who can be trusted to keep information private. Don't worry, my sister is the soul of discretion—she won't tell anyone about our engagement before we do.
See also: discretion, of, soul

discretion is the better part of valor

Caution is more important than bravery. The expression emphasizes the importance of being cautious and reserving acts of bravery for when they are actually needed. I know you want to try that risky skateboard jump, but remember that discretion is the better part of valor.
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at (one's) discretion

In accordance with one's thoughts or feelings on a particular issue. Whether or not you get a bonus is at your boss's discretion, so you better impress her!
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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.
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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.
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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).
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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.
See also: caution, throw, wind

discretion is the better part of valour

it's better to avoid a dangerous situation than to confront it. proverb

at somebody’s diˈscretion

according to what somebody decides or wishes to do: Bail is granted at the discretion of the court.There is no service charge and tipping is at your discretion.
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diˌscretion is the ˌbetter part of ˈvalour

(British English) (American English diˌscretion is the ˌbetter part of ˈvalor) (saying) you should avoid danger and not take unnecessary risksThis comes from Shakespeare’s play Henry IV.
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Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to find evidence that managers discretionally use real earnings management and accounting earnings management to smooth reported earnings.
Although Justice Wright, on 3 June 1992, discretionally refused the mandamus order sought by NBH-Peko and declined to make the order absolute, he clearly forewarned the Tasmania Police to act against the Burnie picketing.
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Brown Shipley anticipates it will have pounds 150 million of funds under management within its first year, providing high net worth clients with discretionally managed investment portfolios, fund management, pension, estate planning and banking services.
These terms may not evoke uneasiness in all patients, but it would be wise to use them discretionally or not at all since it is difficult to tell if someone is made uncomfortable by them.
In sum, the long tradition that money is neutral and can only impinge on the real economy for the worse, if central bankers act strategically and discretionally, has been taken up again with renewed force by the intertemporal or expectations school of macroeconomics.
Similarly, in Jan Frodesen and Janet Eyring's Grammar Dimensions, the point concerning the interchangeability of that and which in adjectival restrictive clauses is stated outright, and the students are instructed to use either one or the other discretionally.
The model with lag helps to find time series related effects and the censored model intends to show how significant the independent variables are on the dependent variable after the samples are selected discretionally.