backseat driver

backseat driver

noun
1.
an automobile passenger who offers the driver unsolicited advice, warnings, criticism, etc., especially from the backseat.
2.
any person who, by means of criticism, unsolicited advice, or the like, interferes in affairs that are not his or her concern or responsibility.

Origin:
1925–30

backseat driving, noun
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backseat driver definition


  1. n.
    an annoying passenger who tells the driver how to drive; someone who tells others how to do things. : I don't need any backseat driver on this project.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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backseat driver

A passenger who gives unwanted and/or unneeded directions to the driver; also, a person who interferes in affairs without having knowledge, responsibility, or authority for doing so. For example, Aunt Mary drives us all crazy with her instructions; she's an incurable backseat driver. This term originated in the United States in the 1920s, when it was first used for a passenger legitimately directing a chauffeur, and it was quickly transferred to figurative use. Also see the synonym Monday-morning quarter-back and the antonym take a back seat.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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