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Throwing caution to the wind

Posted by ESC on January 24, 2003

In Reply to: Throwing caution to the wind posted by mel on January 24, 2003

: throw caution to the wind, can someone please tell me what this means?

It means to do something even though there are risks involved.

THROW CAUTION (MODESTY) TO THE WINDS - Decide on a bold (or brazen) course. The image of the wind or winds as a means of dispersal is old enough to appear in John Milton's 'Paradise Lost' : 'Fear of Death delivered to the winds.'" From "The Dictionary of Cliches" by James Rogers (Ballantine Books, New York, 1985).