3. Prospective Affections


[Antonyms: caution.]

[Nouns] rashness; temerity, want of caution, imprudence, indiscretion; overconfidence, presumption, audacity.

precipitancy, precipitation; impetuosity; levity; foolhardihood, foolhardness; heedlessness, thoughtlessness (inattention) [more]; carelessness (neglect) [more]; desperation; Quixotism, knight-errantry; fire eating.

gaming, gambling; blind bargain, leap in the dark, fool's paradise; too many eggs in one basket.

desperado, rashling, madcap, daredevil, Hotspur, fire eater, bully, bravo, Hector, scapegrace, enfant perdu; Don Quixote, knight-errant, Icarus; adventurer; gambler, gamester; dynamitard; boomer [U.S.].

[Verbs] be rash; stick at nothing, play a desperate game; run into danger [more]; play with fire, play with edge tools.

carry too much sail, sail too near the wind, ride at single anchor, go out of one's depth.

take a leap in the dark, buy a pig in a poke.

donner tete baissee; knock, one's bead against a wall (be unskillful) [more]; rush on destruction; kick against the pricks, tempt Providence, go on a forlorn hope.

reckon one's chickens before they are hatched, count one's chickens before they are hatched, reckon without one's host; catch at straws; trust to a broken reed, lean on a broken reed.

[Adjectives] rash, incautious, indiscreet; imprudent, improvident, temerarious; uncalculating; heedless; careless (neglectful) [more]; without ballast, heels over head, head over heels; giddy (inattentive) [more]; wanton, reckless, wild, madcap; desperate, devil-may-care.

hot-blooded, hotheaded, hotbrained; headlong, headstrong; breakneck; foolhardy; harebrained; precipitate, impulsive. overconfident, overweening; venturesome, venturous; adventurous, Quixotic, fire eating, cavalier; janty, jaunty, free and easy.

off one's guard (inexpectant) [more].

[Adverbs] post haste, a corps perdu, hand over head, tete baissee, headforemost; happen what may, come what may.

[Phrases] neck or nothing, the devil being in one; non semper temeritas est felix [Livy]; paucis temeritas est bono multis malo [Phaedrus].

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