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backseat driver

noun [C] uk   /ˌbæk.siːtˈdraɪ.vər/  us   /-vɚ/
a passenger in a car who keeps giving the driver advice that he or she has not asked for: figurative It is expected that the former CEO will be a backseat driver (= have a controlling influence on what happens) on the company's board.
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