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English definition of “to be wise after the event”

to be wise after the event

mainly UK
used to mean that it is easy to understand what you could have done to prevent something bad from happening after it has happened: In retrospect, we should have insisted on checking his calculations, but it's easy to be wise after the event.
(Definition of to be wise after the event from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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