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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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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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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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