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armchair

[ahrm-chair] /ˈɑrmˌtʃɛər/
noun
1.
a chair with sidepieces or arms to support a person's forearms or elbows.
adjective
2.
theorizing without the benefit of practical experience:
an armchair football coach.
3.
participating or experiencing indirectly or vicariously:
an armchair traveler.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35; arm1 + chair
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  • It's easy to armchair quarterback when your job is not on the line.
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  • The armchair especially installed for him in court stood empty.
  • The fine words of the rich-world's armchair conservationists butter few parsnips in the poor world.
  • They are simply quoting other conspiracy theorist or armchair scientists.
  • Reading a book while sitting in an armchair in the living room is fine.
  • Ergo, these judgments are really armchair speculation by untrained individuals.
  • There is a lot of armchair quarterbacking going on here.
  • It shows an armchair general being honored at an expensive restaurant, a wad of food in one cheek.
British Dictionary definitions for armchair

armchair

/ˈɑːmˌtʃɛə/
noun
1.
a chair, esp an upholstered one, that has side supports for the arms or elbows
2.
(modifier) taking no active part; lacking practical experience; theoretical: an armchair strategist
3.
(modifier) participated in away from the place of action or in the home: armchair theatre
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Word Origin and History for armchair
n.

also arm-chair, 1630s, from arm (n.1) + chair; adjective sense in reference to "criticism of matters in which the critic takes no active part" is from 1886.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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