the power or right to decide or act according to one’s own judgment; freedom of judgment or choice:
It is entirely within my discretion whether I will go or stay.
the quality of being discreet, especially with reference to one’s own actions or speech; prudence or decorum:
Throwing all discretion to the winds, he blurted out the truth.
at discretion, at one’s option or pleasure:
They were allowed to work overtime at discretion.
the quality of behaving or speaking in such a way as to avoid social embarrassment or distress
freedom or authority to make judgments and to act as one sees fit (esp in the phrases at one’s own discretion, at the discretion of)
age of discretion, years of discretion, the age at which a person is considered to be able to manage his own affairs
c.1300, dyscrecyun, “moral discernment,” from Old French discrecion or directly from Late Latin discretionem (nominative discretio) “discernment, power to make distinctions,” in classical Latin “separation, distinction,” noun of state from past participle stem of discernere “to separate, distinguish” (see discern). Phrase at (one’s) discretion attested from 1570s, from sense of “power to decide or judge” (late 14c.); the age of discretion (late 14c.) in English law was 14.
In addition to the idiom beginning with discretion also see: throw caution (discretion) to the winds
twice as large, heavy, strong, etc.; twofold in size, amount, number, extent, etc.: a double portion; a new house double the size of the old one. composed of two like parts or members; twofold in form; paired: double doors; a double sink. of, relating to, or suitable for two persons: a double room. twofold in […]
a small quantity of liquid that falls or is produced in a more or less spherical mass; a liquid globule. the quantity of liquid contained in such a globule. a very small quantity of liquid: I’ll have a little more tea, just a drop. a minute quantity of anything: not even a drop of mercy. […]
- At each other’s throats
Arguing or fighting. For example, It was a very dramatic trial, with the prosecutor and the defense attorney constantly at each other’s throats. This idiom, with its vivid image of two persons trying to strangle each other, is often applied to less physical forms of disagreement.
- At ease
freedom from labor, pain, or physical annoyance; tranquil rest; comfort: to enjoy one’s ease. freedom from concern, anxiety, or solicitude; a quiet state of mind: to be at ease about one’s health. freedom from difficulty or great effort; facility: It can be done with ease. freedom from financial need; plenty: a life of ease on […]