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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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caution (one) against (someone or something)

To warn one about someone or something. My mom always cautions me against texting while driving. You need to caution him against Allie before he falls prey to her usual tricks.
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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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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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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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Ernest Wendo received two cautions in two different matches and he was suspended for another match previously.
Of the rest, 209 received a suspended jail sentence, 137 a community sentence, and 46 just a caution.
All of these 65 children received their first caution, youth caution or conviction between August 2015 and September 2016 in the region.
There were also 67 cautions issued for cruelty to children/young persons between 2014 and 2017.
People were either convicted or cautioned for carrying knives 1,133 times in the region between July 2015 and June 2016.
Most of us utilize the application of caution in our everyday lives without even knowing it.
Cleveland Police say that the launch of a youth triage service - to work hard at tracking first-time offenders and stopping them coming to the police's attention again - has been responsible for the drop in cautions.
There were 13 cautions for 10 and 11-year-olds by Merseyside Police last year, with two given for criminal damage, one for possession of a blade and one for theft of a pedal cycle, according to figures from the Ministry of Justice.
In Northumbria, 18 people had received four or more cautions over 12 months, with one offender cautioned 50 times since 2001.
People have been advised to stay away from the water and exercise caution if they must venture out into the sea.
Mike Sisson-Pell, for the teenager, said that his client had no previous convictions or cautions.
The cautions mean no further action will be taken against McGrath, but that there was enough evidence to charge him.
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.