discretion\ is\ the\ better\ part\ of\ valor

literary
proverb
When you are in danger or trouble, good sense helps more than foolish risks; it is better to be careful than to be foolishly brave.

When you are facing a man with a knife, discretion is the better part of valor.


Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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  • discretion is the better part of valor — proverb it is better to avoid a dangerous situation than to confront it * * * discretion is the better part of valor used to say that it is better to be careful than to do something that is dangerous and unnecessary • • • Main Entry: ↑discretion… …   Useful english dictionary

  • discretion is the better part of valor — {literary} When you are in danger or trouble, good sense helps more than foolish risks; it is better to be careful than to be foolishly brave. A proverb. * /When you are facing a man with a knife, discretion is the better part of valor./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • discretion is the better part of valor — {literary} When you are in danger or trouble, good sense helps more than foolish risks; it is better to be careful than to be foolishly brave. A proverb. * /When you are facing a man with a knife, discretion is the better part of valor./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • discretion is the better part of valor — be sensible when you are brave; be courageous but not reckless    In all your battles, be brave but not foolish. Discretion is the better part of valor …   English idioms

  • discretion is the better part of valor — one should be courageous but not foolish …   English contemporary 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

  • better — See: ALL BETTER, DISCRETION IS THE BETTER PART OF VALOR, FOR BETTER OR WORSE, FOR THE BETTER, GET THE BETTER OF, GO ONE BETTER, HAD BETTER, HALF A LOAF IS BETTER THAN NONE or HALF A LOAF IS BETTER THAN NO BREAD, SEE BETTER DAYS, THINK BETTER OF …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • better — See: ALL BETTER, DISCRETION IS THE BETTER PART OF VALOR, FOR BETTER OR WORSE, FOR THE BETTER, GET THE BETTER OF, GO ONE BETTER, HAD BETTER, HALF A LOAF IS BETTER THAN NONE or HALF A LOAF IS BETTER THAN NO BREAD, SEE BETTER DAYS, THINK BETTER OF …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • better — See: all better, discretion is the better part of valor, for better or worse, for the better, get the better of, go smb one better, had better, half a loaf is better than none or half a loaf is better than no bread, see better days, think better… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • valor — val|or [ vælər ] noun uncount LITERARY the quality of being very brave, especially in war discretion is the better part of valor used for saying that it is better to avoid taking risks than to do something that might cause a lot of problems …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English


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