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a free bit of advice

A suggestion, opinion, or piece of advice that was unrequested or unsolicited by the recipient. Allow me to give you a free bit of advice, my friend: don't say something you'll end up regretting later.
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Dutch uncle

One who addresses someone severely or critically. Fred is always lecturing me like a Dutch uncle, forgetting the fact that I'm 40 years old!
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nothing is given so freely as advice

People love to give you advice about the correct way to do something or how you should approach a problem, whether you want that advice or not. A: "My mother-in-law never comes to the house to help us with the kids, though she's plenty happy to tell me how I ought to be raising them." B: "Yeah, nothing's given so freely as advice."
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sage advice

Sound, intelligent advice, especially coming from a wise or experienced person. Sometimes used ironically or sarcastically. My grandfather was a wellspring of sage advice. Whenever I had a problem, he was the first person I would consult. Wow, thanks for the sage advice, Pat. I never would have thought to restart the computer.
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Dutch uncle

a man who gives frank and direct advice to someone. (In the way an uncle might, but not a real relative.) I would not have to lecture you like a Dutch uncle if you were not so extravagant. He acts more like a Dutch uncle than a husband. He's forever telling her what to do in public.
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Nothing is given so freely as advice.

Prov. People will give you advice more willingly than they give you anything else. Although no one in my family was willing to give me a loan, they all had suggestions about how I could get the money from elsewhere. Nothing is given so freely as advice. Don't hesitate to ask people what they think you ought to do. Nothing is given so freely as advice.
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sage advice

very good and wise advice. My parents gave me some sage advice when I turned 18. I asked my uncle for some of his sage advice.
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Dutch uncle

A stern, candid critic or adviser, as in When I got in trouble with the teacher again, the principal talked to me like a Dutch uncle . This expression, often put as talk to one like a Dutch uncle, presumably alludes to the sternness and sobriety attributed to the Dutch. [Early 1800s]
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References in classic literature ?
"The owl hasn't given us any advice, as yet," the boy declared.
So I'll give you a last word of advice: move on, for the sooner you do that the sooner you'll get to the Emerald City of Oz."
These and similar considerations then induced the people to rely greatly on the judgment and integrity of the Congress; and they took their advice, notwithstanding the various arts and endeavors used to deter them from it.
Twice or thrice before she had suddenly packed Ethan's valise and started off to Bettsbridge, or even Springfield, to seek the advice of some new doctor, and her husband had grown to dread these expeditions because of their cost.
He had never forgotten the master's brutal advice to Fanny Price.
"But if you were to ask me my advice, I should say: take your courage in both hands and try your luck at something else.
"In that case," Doctor Allday proceeded, "I want a word of advice. Won't you sit down?"
Quietly folding up the prescription, she reminded him that he had proposed to ask her advice.
More than 50 percent of the field service advices that have been issued so far to the agents have been favorable to the taxpayer.
DH: Sometimes, in the course of an audit, you'll run across the matter of seeking technical advice, or seeking field service advice.
DB: Let's start off with field service advice. Field service advice is a system that the Service has established whereby the District Counsel attorneys and Chief Counsel's office provide advice to the examining agent.
DB: If the agent's going for field service advice, and you feel the agent has already developed all the facts, you can definitely influence the procedure by requesting technical advice.
DH: Is the agent bound to tell you that he is going to be requesting field service advice?