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discretion is the better part of valour

Definition of discretion is the better part of valour in English:

proverb It’s better to avoid a dangerous situation than to confront it.
Example sentences
  • There are times when discretion is the better part of valour, of course.
  • ‘There's a point at which discretion is the better part of valour with respect to legal disputes,’ he said.
  • My co-worker came from this area, however, and discretion is the better part of valour.
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Pronunciation: ˈɔːθəʊɛpi
noun
the correct or accepted pronunciation of words