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These nouns denote an opinion as to a decision or course of action: sound advice for the unemployed; accepted my attorney's counsel; will follow your recommendation.
- Advice after an evil is done is like medicine after death —Danish proverb
It’s quite common to substitute the word’mischief for ‘evil.’
- Advice is like kissing: it costs nothing and is a pleasant thing to do —Josh Billings
- Advice is like snow; the softer it falls … the deeper it sinks into the mind —Samuel Taylor Coleridge
- Advice, like water, takes the form of the vessel it is poured into —Punch, August 1, 1857
- The advice of old age gives light without heat, like winter sun —Marquis de Luc de Clapiers Vauvenargues
- Advice is like castor oil, easy enough to give but dreadful uneasy to take —Josh Billings
- Good advice is like a tight glove; it fits the circumstances, and it does not fit other circumstances —Charles Reade
- His (Ariel Sharon’s) advice on that subject (Lebanon 1984-1985) … was akin to a man with seven traffic accidents opening a driving school —Abba Eban, New York Times, February, 1986
- It [excellent advice] is a good deal like giving a child a dictionary to learn a language with —Henry James
- A proposal is like a flashlight. It’s completely useless in the spotlight, but in the shadows it can do lots of good —Professor Steven Carvell, Wall Street Journal, December 11, 1986
Professor Carvell’s simile was specific to a proposal for investment research.
- Telling a runner he can’t run … is a bit like being advised not to breathe —Thomas Rogers on runner Fred Lebow’s being so advised for medical reasons, New York Times, 1986
- To heed bad advice is like eating poisoned candy —Anon
- To listen to the advice of a treacherous friend, is like drinking poison from a golden cup —Demophilus
don’t let anyone sell you a wooden nutmeg This bit of advice to the unwary to be on the lookout for fraudulent sales schemes derives from the 19th-century practice of selling imitation nutmegs made of wood.
A Yankee mixes a certain number of wooden nutmegs, which cost him 1-4 cents apiece, with a quantity of real nutmegs, worth 4 cents apiece, and sells the whole assortment for $44; and gains $3.75 by the fraud (Hill, Elements of Algebra, 1859)
This practice was supposedly prevalent in Connecticut, “The Nutmeg State,” although whether the sellers were itinerant peddlers or natives of Connecticut is debatable.
don’t take any wooden nickels According to Wentworth and Flexner (Dictionary of American Slang), an Americanism equivalent to “Good-bye, take care, protect yourself from trouble.” A wooden nickel is a wooden disc or souvenir which costs a nickel but has no legal value. The exhortation may have originated as a reminder not to be duped into buying such a worthless thing. Popular in the early 1900s, don’t take any wooden nickels is less frequently heard today.
In the mean wile [sic]—until we meet again—don’t take no wood nickels and don’t get impatient and be a good girlie and save up your loving for me. (Ring W. Lardner, The Real Dope, 1919)
keep your breath to cool your porridge This Briticism is an oblique admonition to “mind your own business” or “practise what you preach.”
kitchen cabinet A group of unofficial, personal advisers to an elected official. The original kitchen cabinet consisted of three friends of President Andrew Jackson who met with him frequently for private political discussions. They reportedly entered by the back door (perhaps through the kitchen) so as to avoid observation and were believed to have had more influence than Jackson’s official Cabinet. Use of the expression dates from at least 1832.
One of the most important members of Gov. Stevenson’s kitchen cabinet will be the new head of the State Department of Labor. (The Chicago Daily News, December, 1948)
reck one’s own rede To follow one’s own advice; to “practice what you preach.” Reck ‘heed, regard’ appears only in negative constructions. Rede ‘advice, counsel’ is now archaic and limited to poetical or dialectal use. This expression is found in Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
Do not, as some ungracious pastors do,
Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven,
Whilst, like a puffed and reckless libertine,
Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads,
And recks not his own rede. (I,iii)
Today reck one’s own rede is met only in literary contexts.
the tune the old cow died of Advice instead of aid, words in lieu of alms. This expression alludes to the following old ballad:
There was an old man, and he had an old cow,
But he had no fodder to give her, So he took up his fiddle and played her the tune;
“Consider, good cow, consider, This isn’t the time for the grass to grow,
Consider, good cow, consider.”
Needless to say, the old cow died of hunger. Occasionally the tune the old cow died of is used to describe unmelodious or poorly played music.
The tune the old cow died of throughout, grunts and groans of instruments. (Countess Harriet Granville, Letters, 1836)
Advice is an uncountable noun. Don't talk about 'advices' or 'an advice'. However, you can talk about a piece of advice.
If you say to someone 'I advise you to...', you are telling them that you think they should do it.
Don't use 'advise' without an object. Don't say, for example, 'He advised to leave as quickly as possible'. If you don't want to say who is receiving the advice, you say 'His advice was to leave as quickly as possible'.
|Noun||1.||advice - a proposal for an appropriate course of action|
recommendation - something (as a course of action) that is recommended as advisable
indication - something (as a course of action) that is indicated as expedient or necessary; "there were indications that it was time to leave"
admonition, word of advice, monition, warning - cautionary advice about something imminent (especially imminent danger or other unpleasantness); "a letter of admonition about the dangers of immorality"; "the warning was to beware of surprises"; "his final word of advice was not to play with matches"
proposal - something proposed (such as a plan or assumption)
"There is nothing we receive with so much reluctance as advice" [Joseph Addison The Spectator]
"It was, perhaps, one of those cases in which advice is good or bad only as the event decides" [Jane Austen Persuasion]
"The best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and advise them to do it" [Harry S. Truman]
he ignored my advice → ignoró mis consejos
it was good advice or a good piece of advice → fue un buen consejo
her doctor's advice was to rest → el médico le aconsejó descansar
he did it against the advice of friends → lo hizo en contra de lo que le aconsejaron sus amigos
to follow sb's advice → seguir el consejo or los consejos de algn
let me give you some advice → permíteme que te dé un consejo → permíteme que te aconseje
if you want my advice → si quieres (seguir) mi consejo ...
my advice to you is not to say anything → te aconsejo no decir nada → mi consejo es que no digas nada
I need your advice → necesito que me aconsejes
on the advice of sb → siguiendo el consejo or los consejos de algn
a piece of advice → un consejo
to take sb's advice → seguir el consejo or los consejos de algn → hacer caso a algn
take my advice and stay away from him! → ¡sigue mi consejo y no te metas con él!, ¡hazme caso y no te metas con él!
when I want your advice I'll ask for it → cuando quiera que me aconsejes te lo pediré → cuando quiera tu consejo te lo pediré
you need expert advice → necesitas el asesoramiento de un experto → necesitas hacerte asesorar por un experto
the tourist office will give us advice on places to visit → la oficina de turismo nos asesorará sobre qué lugares visitar
to seek sb's advice → consultar a algn, hacerse asesorar por algn
to seek professional/medical advice → consultar a or hacerse asesorar por un profesional/médico
to take legal advice → consultar a un abogado → asesorarse con un abogado
to give sb advice → donner des conseils à qn
Let me give you some advice: tell the truth → Laisse-moi te donner un conseil: dis la vérité.
They want advice on how to do it
BUT Ils veulent qu'on les conseille sur comment faire.
a piece of advice → un conseil
He gave me a good piece of advice → Il m'a donné un bon conseil.
to ask for advice → demander conseil
to ask for advice about sth → demander conseil à propos de qch
to ask sb for advice → demander conseil à qn
to ask sb for advice about sth → demander conseil à qn à propos de qch
take my advice → suis mon conseil
to take legal advice → consulter un avocatadvice column (US) n → courrier m du cœuradvice columnist (US) n → rédacteur/trice m/f du courrier du cœuradvice line n → service m de conseil par téléphone
advise is a verb: He advises us not to go .