second guess

second-guess

[sek-uhnd-ges]
verb (used with object)
1.
to use hindsight in criticizing or correcting.
2.
to predict (something) or outguess (someone): We must try to second-guess what he'll do next.

Origin:
1945–50

second-guesser, noun
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second-guess
 
vb
1.  to criticize or evaluate with hindsight
2.  to attempt to anticipate or predict (a person or thing)
 
'second-'guesser
 
n

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second-guess
1941, back-formation from second-guesser (1937), Amer.Eng., originally baseball slang for a fan who loudly questions decisions by players, managers, etc.; perhaps from guesser in the baseball slang sense of "umpire."
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