second-guess

[ sek-uhnd-ges ]
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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 of second-guess

1
First recorded in 1945–50

Other words from second-guess

  • second-guesser, noun

Words Nearby second-guess

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British Dictionary definitions for second-guess

second-guess

verbinformal
  1. to criticize or evaluate with hindsight

  2. to attempt to anticipate or predict (a person or thing)

Derived forms of second-guess

  • second-guesser, noun

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