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Old 11-03-2004, 12:12 PM
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Define "reckless abandon", please...

I haven't run across this phrase too often. And, I can't tell if this phrase means something done with care or just plain carelessly! On one hand, I could take it literally...if reckless is abandoned, then one is very careful. But, I get the feeling it means the opposite - i.e.: caution abandon.

So, what does this phrase mean?
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Old 11-03-2004, 12:16 PM
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I always equated that phrase to the way someone would treat a stolen car. You drive it recklessly for short time, then abandon it.
Old 11-03-2004, 12:17 PM
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In this phrase, "abandon" is a noun, and "reckless" is the adjective modifying it.
Admittedly, you don't hear "abandon" used much as a noun except in the phrase "reckless abandon," though I have heard of "wild abandon." I'm not sure what nonreckless abandon would look like.
Old 11-03-2004, 12:17 PM
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"Abandon" is a noun, meaning "a complete yielding to natural impulses." To do something "with abandon" means to do it in a natural, carefree manner. "Reckless abandon" is yielding to natural impulses without consideration for the consequences (cf. "reckless" with "reckon").

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