throw discretion to the wind(s)

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throw discretion to the wind(s)

To act or behave recklessly and/or fearlessly, with no sense of restraint or propriety. (An older variant of the now more common "throw caution to the wind(s).") After my father won a bit of money at the race tracks, he began throwing discretion to the winds and ended up gambling away everything we had. You can't live life completely reserved, you know—you've got to throw discretion to the wind every now and then.
See also: discretion, throw
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01492 Usually, I choose fish for a main course, and I dallied with the idea of ordering cod in crispy Japanese style tempura batter, but decided instead to throw discretion to the winds and ordered an 8oz Welsh rib eye steak cooked medium rare.
01492 584466) Usually, I choose fish for a main course, and I dallied with the idea of ordering cod in crispy Japanese style tempura batter, but decided instead to throw discretion to the winds and ordered an 8oz Welsh rib eye steak cooked medium rare.