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Monday morning quarterback

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noun Informal.

a person who criticizes the actions or decisions of others after the fact, using hindsight to assess situations and specify alternative solutions.

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Origin of Monday morning quarterback

First recorded in 1940–45

OTHER WORDS FROM Monday morning quarterback

Monday morning quarterbacking, noun

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Monday morning quarterback

noun

mainly US and Canadian informal a person who criticizes or suggests alternative courses of action from a position of hindsight after the event in question
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Monday-morning quarterback

A person who criticizes or passes judgment from a position of hindsight, as in Ethel was a Monday-morning quarterback about all the personnel changes in her department—she always claimed to have known what was going to happen. This expression, first recorded in 1932, alludes to fans who verbally “replay” Sunday's football game the next day, the quarterback being the team member who calls the plays.

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