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an automobile passenger who offers the driver unsolicited advice, warnings, criticism, etc., especially from the backseat.
any person who, by means of criticism, unsolicited advice, or the like, interferes in affairs that are not their own concern or responsibility.
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Origin of backseat driver
First recorded in 1925–30
OTHER WORDS FROM backseat driverbackseat driving, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for backseat driver
a passenger in a car who offers unwanted advice to the driver
a person who offers advice on or tries to direct matters that are not his or her concern
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Other Idioms and Phrases with 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 quarterback and the antonym take a back seat.
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