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second thought

noun
1.
Often, second thoughts. reservation about a previous action, position, decision, judgment, or the like:
He had second thoughts about his decision.
Idioms
2.
on second thought, after reconsideration:
On second thought, I don't think I'll go.
Also, second-thought.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35
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  • On second thought perhaps a human life is worthless in an overpopulated world.
  • The true sign of intelligence is not giving it a second thought.
  • In one scene, the tyrant stomps through camp and steps right on the expedition's scientist without a second thought.
  • Most insects get swatted, squashed or sprayed without a second thought.
  • On second thought, we'll leave it squarely in the category of science fiction for a little while longer.
  • We probably wouldn't have entertained a second thought at the statement.
  • And on second thought, maybe even they didn't, because of the way such probes are typically placed on their trajectories.
  • On second thought, the recipient might have taken it as a sign of aggression.
  • The upside is, there's almost no rational reason you should give it a second thought.
  • His second thought was how to keep the fire from the seaside sparrows' nests.
British Dictionary definitions for second thought

second thought

noun
1.
(usually pl) a revised opinion or idea on a matter already considered
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Slang definitions & phrases for second thought

second thought

Related Terms

don't give it a second thought


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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