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second-guess

[sek-uh nd-ges] /ˈsɛk əndˈgɛs/
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
1945-1950
1945-50
Related forms
second-guesser, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for second-guesser

second-guess

verb (informal)
1.
to criticize or evaluate with hindsight
2.
to attempt to anticipate or predict (a person or thing)
Derived Forms
second-guesser, noun
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Word Origin and History for second-guesser

second-guess

v.

1941, back-formation from second-guesser (1937), American English, 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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