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Origin of backseat driver
OTHER WORDS FROM backseat driverbackseat driving, noun
Words nearby backseat driver
Example sentences from the Web for backseat driver
Thankfully there were no casualties—the driver managed to stop the train immediately.
He also was working to recruit Castro as a driver for a drug load.
So I asked the driver to honk the horn, which he does, and Rod looks over.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Abraham, a yellow cab driver and student, feels that blacks are targeted unfairly by the police.
Public employee unions are a little-acknowledged driver of this conflict.
But, when the car came thundering down, it was crammed to the step; with a melancholy gesture, the driver declined her signal.Hilda Lessways|Arnold Bennett
The driver must at all times have his car under reasonable control so that he can stop in time to avoid injury.
If there be no facilities for stopping for the night, a driver is not negligent should he proceed through the fog.
It was being driven very rapidly, but very skillfully, and the car was empty save for the driver.The Campfire Girls of Roselawn|Margaret Penrose
The carriages are half-covered ones, with seats for two, and are drawn by a pair of mules, on one of which the driver rides.A Woman's Journey Round the World|Ida Pfeiffer
British Dictionary definitions for backseat driver
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.