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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 of armchair
1625-1635
1625-35; arm1 + chair
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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.

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