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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; to be very cautious. 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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Officers will not be able to hand out cautions to burglars, paedophiles and knife thugs, or to criminals who repeat an offence within two years.
In the past five years Cleveland Police has issued cautions for rape on a girl under 15, as well as for various sex offences against children under 16.
Despite cautions being intended for minor, mainly first-time offences, half of all cautions across England and Wales have been given to offenders who have committed previous crimes.
A caution is not a criminal conviction, but will be recorded on the police database.
In addition, more than 1,000 people who committed common assault between 2005 and 2009 were given cautions.
The police cautions mean the offenders never appear in court, their names are never made public and they never risk going to prison.
Summary: More than 200 paedophiles have been let off with a caution, official figures show.
But Mr Hogan-Howe said the use of cautions was an effective deterrent and reduces reoffending.
This is the highest number of cautions outside the Metropolitan Police force area.
During the same time period - April 2001 and March 2006 - 213 sex offenders were given cautions in Lancashire and 210 in Manchester but Cheshire only handed out eight.
On top of this, 1,246 cautions were issued for possession of class C drugs, which include cannabis and tranquillisers such as valium.
And just to spice it up for car owner Robert Yates and approximately 320,000 fans, Jarrett and Parrott rolled the dice on a two-tire pit stop during the day's last caution period.
Valeant also cautions the reader that undue reliance should not be placed on any of the forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release.
Other offences revealed following a Freedom of Information request by the Telegraph show cautions for kidnap, sexual grooming and sexual activity with a child under 13.
Solicitors and magistrates have privately raised concerns about fewer people up before the courts and being given cautions instead.