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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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