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Meaning of “to be wise after the event” in the English Dictionary

"to be wise after the event" in British English

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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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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