Caution to the wind: Meaning, synonyms & origin + 9 example sentences

What does “Throw caution to the winds” mean?

“Throw caution to the winds” means to make a decision without regard for the consequences of that decision. The idiom means to be unconcerned with the repercussions of one’s behavior. The idiom is related to perform anything without keeping in mind the negative results or the uncertain outcomes. In other words, the idiom typically refers to a hasty judgment or risky conduct.

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9 examples of how to use “Throw caution to the winds” in a sentence

  • The politician threw cautions to the wind after exchanging his strong ideas against the other political party.
  • She throws caution to the winds every time before entering the hospital, already there are risks of infections and spread of covid-19.
  • Although I threw all caution to the winds at the ground, after the first half I realized that one must be physically fit before playing such games.
  • You must not throw caution to the winds; I already have warned you regarding the competition in market.
  • One must be wise before taking such risky steps, every time I have noticed you that you throw caution to the winds.
  • He was a great player of chess, but in his last match against me; he threw all his caution to the winds and as a result he was defeated badly.
  • A soldier must be brave, he must know how to use his weapon; but most soldiers during their night duties throw caution to the winds.
  • Throwing caution to the winds can be unwelcoming for you, because you don’t know the cruel people involved in this business.
  • Now bear it yourself, instead of my thousands time warning; you never took my advice serious. This all is the result of throwing caution to the winds.

The origin of “Throw caution to the winds”

This is an old British term that refers to the windy conditions that certain parts of the world face on a daily basis. The exact and literary origin of this idiom is unknown.

“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”.

On February 23, 2009, the Birmingham Mail released a Letter to the Editor written by D. Newton of Kingswinford about a Championship game played by the famed Blues soccer team. The letter also contained this piece of advice, along with some personal insights: “Also, Larsson should be returned to midfield with Fahey replacing Carsley in centre midfield. Attack is the best form of defence, throw caution to the wind and go for it”.

The Mirror newspaper in England’s Nigel Clarke covered the Mike Tyson vs. Frank Bruno heavyweight champion of the world boxing match on March 18, 1995. Mike Tyson won the fight quickly, and the post titled “I Punched Like a Mule: Bruno Knew He Was DOOMED!” was written shortly after. It was recorded as:

 “Tyson, who wiped out Bruno’s challenge in 410 seconds of mayhem, re-lived his chilling battle plan, bragging: “I punched like a mule – he knew he was doomed. He knew I was going to knock him out.”

His Las Vegas demolition scheme was based on a savage non-stop onslaught.

He said: “I just threw caution to the wind; I just wanted to throw punches, to knock him out.”

Synonyms for “Throw caution to the winds”

Danger, hasty judgment, risky conduct

Idioms related to “Throw caution to the winds”

  • Take a gamble
  • Play with fire
  • Skate on thin ice
  • Be high-stakes
  • Stick your neck out
  • Take your life in your hands
  • Fly into the face of danger
  • Fraught with danger
  • Fire in the hole
  • Clear and present danger