- to use hindsight in criticizing or correcting.
- to predict (something) or outguess (someone): We must try to second-guess what he'll do next.
Origin of second-guess
Examples from the Web for second-guess
Eisenhower, of course, was rather difficult to second-guess on such matters.Please—Let's Not Destroy ISIS
September 15, 2014
Rosensaft, the son of Holocaust survivors, added: “I am not going to second-guess from afar who he meets with.”Pope Francis’s Sister Souljah Moment?
May 23, 2014
But financiers who second-guess management about the details of company operations may be over-reaching.Welcome to the Golden Age of Activist Investors
August 15, 2013
And even EMS dispatch vets, generally reluctant to second-guess the work of one of their own, have piled on.Amanda Berry’s 911 Dispatcher Under Fire for Blasé Response
May 7, 2013
The incentives for the police and the government are pretty clear, and I'm not willing to second-guess them.Should the Police Have Shut Boston Down?
April 19, 2013
- to criticize or evaluate with hindsight
- to attempt to anticipate or predict (a person or thing)
Word Origin and History for second-guess
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."