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"second-guess" in British English

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second-guessverb [T]

uk   us   /ˌsek.əndˈɡes/
  • 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 ​electioncampaign, but I do ​thinkseriousmistakes were made.
(Definition of second-guess from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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second-guessverb [T]

 us   /ˈsek·əndˈɡes/
  • second-guess verb [T] (CRITICIZE)

to ​criticize someone's ​decision after it has been made, and say what you ​think is ​wrong with it: It doesn't ​help to second-guess ​theirdecision.
  • second-guess verb [T] (GUESS)

to ​guess what someone will do or what will ​happen
(Definition of second-guess from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “second-guess”
in Chinese (Simplified) 猜测, 预言…
in Turkish tahminde bulunmak, gelecekle ilgili yorum yapmak…
in Russian предвидеть, предугадать…
in Chinese (Traditional) 猜測, 預言…
in Polish przejrzeć…
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