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caution (one) about (someone or something)

To warn one about someone or something. My mom always cautions me about the dangers of texting while driving. You need to caution him about Allie before he falls prey to her usual tricks.
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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.
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err on the side of caution

To avoid risky or irresponsible behavior. I like to err on the side of caution and always keep some money in my savings account. Since we don't know where we're going, let's err on the side of caution and leave an hour early.
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caution someone about someone or something

 and caution someone against someone or something
to warn someone against someone or something. Haven't I cautioned you about that before? Hasn't someone cautioned you about Daniel?
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throw caution to the wind

Cliché to become very careless. Jane, who is usually cautious, threw caution to the wind and went swimming in the ocean. I don't mind taking a little chance now and then, but I'm not the type of person who throws caution to the wind.
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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.
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err on the side of caution

COMMON If you err on the side of caution, you decide to act in a careful way, rather than take risks. It is better on your first few weights sessions to err on the side of caution, and start with a weight which is lighter than you think you can handle. Note: People use other words instead of caution, according to the subject they are discussing. When I discussed the matter with ministers in July I said that we should err on the side of generosity.
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throw caution to the wind

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throw caution to the winds

COMMON If you throw caution to the wind or throw caution to the winds, you do something without worrying about the risks and danger involved. Perhaps I should throw caution to the wind, give up my job and just go travelling. This was no time to think, he decided. He threw caution to the winds and rang the bell of the ground-floor flat.
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throw caution to the wind (or winds)

act in a completely reckless manner.
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throw caution to the ˈwind(s)

(often humorous) stop caring about how dangerous something might be; start taking risks: I decided to throw caution to the winds and buy myself a really expensive pair of shoes.He threw caution to the wind and dived in after the child. OPPOSITE: tread carefully, warily, etc.
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References in classic literature ?
Dennis venturing to say something more in spite of this caution, the desperate fellow struck at him with all his force, and missing him, lay down again with many muttered oaths and imprecations, and turned his face towards the wall.
com helenafdavies @ POSSESSION of a blade and sexual offences were among the offences that led to police cautions for children in Merseyside last year, the Sunday ECHO reveals.
The force has defended the use of cautions in the last three years, adding that this man had been suffering physical ill-health and was housebound.
TWENTY-NINE people have escaped with "slap on the wrist" police cautions for possessing indecent images of children.
A CRIMINAL has been handed 50 cautions rather than be taken to court, it emerged yesterday.
Middlesbrough Council has issued cautions to three businesses for a range of offences.
POLICE have issued CAUTIONS to 144 sex offenders who admitted preying on children, shock figures reveal.
PEOPLE in a position of trust, such as teachers, doctors and carers, are being let off with cautions for child sex offences, fresh data has shown.
A TOTAL of 76 police cautions for sexual offences were issued in Wales in the year to September, according to figures released yesterday.
A POLICE and crime commissioner wants more information on the use of cautions by cops in Wales - after it was revealed police were using them to punish those committing violent and sexual crimes.
Summary: A review into police cautions is being launched by the Government to make sure more criminals are brought to court.
Still enforced will be two-match suspensions for a player who reaches 10 cautions, with the cut-off the second Sunday in April.
MORE than 100 cautions have been handed out by police in Cheshire and Merseyside for sex offences - including 30 for sexual assaults - in the last two years.
HUNDREDS of crooks have been let off with cautions for serious offences, including wounding, sexual assault, drug trafficking and weapon possession.
Home Office figures revealed the number of cautions issued for rape offences has more than doubled in the past decade.