throw caution to the winds

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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.
See also: caution, throw

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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01492 Usually, I choose fish for a main course, and I dallied with the idea of ordering cod in crispy Japanese style tempura batter, but decided instead to throw discretion to the winds and ordered an 8oz Welsh rib eye steak cooked medium rare.
01492 584466) Usually, I choose fish for a main course, and I dallied with the idea of ordering cod in crispy Japanese style tempura batter, but decided instead to throw discretion to the winds and ordered an 8oz Welsh rib eye steak cooked medium rare.
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