throw (one's) bonnet over the windmill

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throw (one's) bonnet over the windmill

To act in a deranged, reckless, or unconventional manner. Refers to the eponymous character of the novel Don Quixote, who tosses his hat over a windmill (which he imagines is a giant) as a challenge to it. Sarah is always trying to buck social conventions, throwing her bonnet over the windmill whenever possible. I know you like to take risks in business, but don't throw your bonnet over the windmill.
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One night you want to throw your bonnet over the windmill with undiluted joy, the next time the curtain goes up you either want to leave the theatre early or hide under the seat.