a word to the wise

idiom

used to say that one is about to give someone advice or a warning
A word to the wise: never sign a contract without reading it first.

Examples of a word to the wise in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And a word to the wise for bait fishermen — catfish are wary and sensitive, so a lot of anglers prefer a slip sinker setup where the line moves freely without dragging the weight. Jordan Rodriguez, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 But a word to the wise: If the Niners follow Wilson and the Seahawks’ lead and go back to the Super Bowl next year, make sure to hand the ball to Christian McCaffrey at the 1-yard line. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, 29 Jan. 2024 The movie proceeds by way of hints and winks, understatements and elisions, that are part of a transaction between director and audience: with a word to the wise, the audience gets the idea of Lenny and Felicia that Cooper wants to put out. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 19 Dec. 2023

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“A word to the wise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/a%20word%20to%20the%20wise. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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