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afterthought

noun [C usually singular] uk   /ˈɑːf.tə.θɔːt/ us    /ˈæf.tɚ.θɑːt/
an idea, thought, or plan that was not originally intended but is thought of at a later time: She only asked me to her party as an afterthought. The pillars seem to have been added to the entrance as an afterthought.
Translations of “afterthought”
in Chinese (Traditional) 事後想法, 事後添加的事物…
in Russian запоздалая мысль…
in Turkish sonradan akla gelen fikir düşünce…
in Chinese (Simplified) 事后想法, 事后添加的事物…
in Polish refleksja…
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