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Ways of warning or advising someone - synonyms or related words

(you) do the math

American

used for telling someone that a plan or idea cannot work because it is impossible, too expensive, etc.

(you) do the maths

British

used for telling someone that a plan or idea cannot work because it is impossible, too expensive, etc.

beware

verb

used to warn someone of danger or difficulty

watch it

used for telling someone to be careful

mind (out)

used for telling someone to be careful, especially when something dangerous is about to happen

look before you leap

used for advising someone to think carefully before doing something

too many cooks (spoil the broth)

used for saying that something may be done badly if too many people try to do it together

it’s a good idea to do something

used for giving someone advice about what they should do

you can’t be too careful

used for saying that it is important not to take risks

don’t you dare

used for telling someone not to do something, when you are warning them that you will be very angry if they do it

conlang

… a language for human communication which has been invented and has not developed naturally

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spogs

spectacles; boiled sweets, candy; soft aniseed-flavoured jelly sweets coated with blue and pink sugar sprinkles

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