throw (something) to the wind(s)(redirected from they threw something to the winds)
throw (something) to the wind(s)
To abandon, discard, or disregard something, typically in order to take a risk. 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. Lately it feels like the boss has been throwing good sense to the wind with some of his business decisions. You can't live life completely reserved, you know. Discretion has got to be thrown to the winds every now and then.
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throw to the winds, to
To cast away or reject something. This phrase has been so used since the mid-1600s, alluding to the fact that the winds will blow away a trait or feeling. Thus to throw caution to the winds means to act boldly, to throw modesty to the winds means to abandon reserve or demureness, and so on. In At Bay (1885), Mrs. Alexander wrote, “You must throw fear to the winds.”
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