Definition of second-guess in English:


Syllabification: sec·ond-guess


[with object]
  • 1Anticipate or predict (someone’s actions or thoughts) by guesswork: he had to second-guess what the environmental regulations would be in five years' time
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    • Good art institutions should not be about second-guessing the public's taste.
    • But while clothes shoppers are revelling in the dozens of new alleys open to them, manufacturers are despairing as they try to second-guess the kaleidoscopic public mood.
    • We've been trying to second-guess Augusta all week but there's no sense in trying any longer.
  • 2chiefly North American Judge or criticize (someone) with hindsight: the prime minister was willing to second-guess senior ministers in public
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    • As a matter of fact, too often presidents have been criticized for second-guessing those commanders.
    • We are not prone to second-guess police work, but the sniper investigation seems to have been marked by confusion and worse.
    • Once again, Dyllis wished people would stop second-guessing her all the time.



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  • I feel for Michael because this is a profession unfortunately of backstabbers, of second-guessers.
  • If enough Americans conclude that Bush did the best he could with the cards he was dealt - why gamble on a second-guesser?
  • You have to manage the game the way you think you can win it, as opposed to what the book says or what the second-guessers might say.

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