Idioms

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Idioms

Idioms related to Danger

warn off

warn someone off

Meaning:

  • inform someone forcefully to stay at a distance
  • to advise someone to refrain from some activities because of involved risks or other reasons
  • to notify someone of staying away from danger ahead

Example:

  1. The board was placed near the manhole to warn off the kids from playing there.
  2. I had warned off Saima of her new friend because I knew he was just playing around her and would eventually get hurt.
  3. The fishermen had been warned off by the local authorities to not enter the sea as an upcoming cyclone had been forecasted by the weather department.
  4. The guards stood outside the door to warn people off until the fire was extinguished. The guards warned off everyone in the surrounding area.
  5. The police had warned off the residents to not open the door to unknown people as several incidents had been reported of robbers impersonating as officials and robbing the entire house.

Origin:
Horse racing is known to be the origin of this idiom. Before the year 1969, the British Jockey Club had a rule empowering it to warn someone off the course, i.e. to ban someone who had broken Jockey Club regulations from riding or running horses at meetings under the club’s jurisdiction.

hot potato

hot potato

Meaning:

  • any subject which several folks are talking about and which is frequently argued
  • something that is hard or terrible to handle
  • a ​problem or ​situation that is ​difficult to ​deal with and ​causes a lot of ​disagreement
  • an issue or question about which people have different opinions and feel very strongly
  • a controversial situation that is awkward to deal with
  • a delicate or contentious matter which many people do not want to talk about

Examples:

  1. The issue of gun control is a political hot potato in the United States.
  2. The legality of abortion is a hot potato in many countries around the world.
  3. I never discuss about anyone’s religion, it can be a hot potato.
  4. The party members are not speaking on this topic as it is a political hot potato.
  5. The government’s decision to curb benefits to some sections of society is like a hot potato.

Origin:
The term originated in the mid 1800s and is derived from the slightly older term “to drop like a hot potato”, meaning “to abandon something or someone quickly”. It alludes to the fact that cooked potatoes retain considerable heat because they contain a lot of water.

throw caution to the winds

throw caution to the winds

Meaning

  • to take a decision without caring about the negative effects that come with it
  • to not worry about the ill effects of doing something
  • to do something in the moment, or at a whim, where the consequences of the act do not come to mind
  • usually used to denote a decision that is not well thought of or behaviour that is considered reckless

Example Sentences

  1. The caretaker threw caution to the winds when taking the baby out of the house even though he was already sick.
  2. She throws caution to the winds every time she goes shopping. Her purchases are always among the most expensive and her husband keeps trying his best to pay the bills off later.
  3. Although I threw all caution to the winds at the casino, it did not take me long to come back to my senses and not blow off all my savings.
  4. It is advisable that the tourists do not throw caution to the winds especially in this part of the city because the crime rate here is quite high.
  5. Throwing caution to the winds, she ran on the highway road to board the truck.
  6. When John Parson, break out from the Jail, he throw caution to the winds by jumping over a running truck from the flyover.

Origin

A phrase that has originated in the olden British days, this one factors in the windy weather which some parts of Britain see on a regular basis. The literary origin of this phrase, however, we are unable to find, if you have any information please share in comments.

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