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second-guess

verb [T] uk   us   /ˌsek.əndˈɡes/

second-guess verb [T] (GUESS)

to guess what someone will do in the future: She's always trying to second-guess the boss.

second-guess verb [T] (CRITICIZE)

US to criticize someone's actions or an event after it has happened: Of course it's easy to second-guess the management of the election campaign, but I do think serious mistakes were made.
Translations of “second-guess”
in Chinese (Traditional) 猜測, 預言…
in Russian предвидеть, предугадать…
in Turkish tahminde bulunmak, gelecekle ilgili yorum yapmak…
in Chinese (Simplified) 猜测, 预言…
in Polish przejrzeć…
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