Definition of back-seat driver in English:

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back-seat driver


1A passenger in a car who gives the driver unwanted advice.
Example sentences
  • I would need a sound proof partition for my passengers, though - I can't stand back seat drivers.
  • I can't stand back-seat drivers… even worse, passenger-seat drivers.
1.1A person who is eager to give advice about something for which they are not responsible.
Example sentences
  • ‘I'll be in the driving seat because it's the only seat to be in,’ he answered a conference delegate who pointedly asked what the candidates thought of back-seat drivers.
  • She failed to appreciate that the term ‘back-seat driver’, in most people's eyes, was pejorative: she thought it merely indicated helpfulness, whereas others saw it as meddling and controlling.
  • After all, remember how he once described critics as back-seat drivers facing the wrong way, and certainly critics are usually pretty good on the past, moderately good on the present, and helpless and hopeless for the future.


back-seat driving

Example sentences
  • Whatever assessment one makes of the term of a leader who has enjoyed a long and mostly undisturbed innings, it is less easy to forgive back-seat driving designed to sabotage his or her successor.
  • How many of us love back-seat driving, even when we love the people who're doing it more than life itself?
  • But back-seat drivers and back-seat driving are variations of the same expression.

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