discretion is the better part of valour

Discretion is the better part of valour
This idiom means that it is often better to think carefully and not act than to do something that may cause problems.

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  • discretion is the better part of valour — phrase used for saying that it is better not to take too many risks Thesaurus: ways of warning or advising someonesynonym Main entry: valour * * * diˌscretion is the ˌbetter part of ˈvalour idiom ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • discretion is the better part of valour — ► discretion is the better part of valour proverb it s better to avoid a dangerous situation than to confront it. Main Entry: ↑discretion …   English terms dictionary

  • discretion is the better part of valour — Cf. EURIPIDES Suppliants 1. 510 καì τοῦτ᾽ ἐμοì τἀνδρεῖον ἡ προμηθíα, and bravery consists in foresight; c 1477 CAXTON Jason (EETS) 23 Than as wyse and discrete he withdrewe him sayng that more is worth a good retrayte than a folisshe abydinge.… …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • Discretion is the better part of valour. — British & Australian, literary, American & Australian, literary something that you say which means that it is better to be careful and think before you act than it is to be brave and take risks. She decided not to voice her opposition to the… …   New idioms dictionary

  • discretion is the better part of valour —    This idiom means that it is often better to think carefully and not act than to do something that may cause problems.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • discretion is the better part of valour — used for saying that it is better not to take too many risks …   English dictionary

  • discretion is the better part of valo(u)r — Meaning Origin Shakespeare, in Henry IV, Part One. Falstaff: The better part of valour is discretion; in the which better part I have saved my life …   Meaning and origin of phrases

  • The better part of valour is discretion. — См. Все можно, только осторожно …   Большой толково-фразеологический словарь Михельсона (оригинальная орфография)

  • discretion — ► NOUN 1) the quality of being discreet. 2) the freedom to decide what should be done in a particular situation. ● discretion is the better part of valour Cf. ↑discretion is the better part of valour DERIVATIVES discretionary adjective …   English terms dictionary

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