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Definition of second-guess verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    second-guess

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    verb
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    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they second-guess
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    he / she / it second-guesses
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    past simple second-guessed
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    past participle second-guessed
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    -ing form second-guessing
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  1. 1[transitive] second-guess somebody/something to guess what somebody will do before they do it It was impossible to second-guess the decision of the jury.
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] second-guess (somebody/something) (especially North American English) to criticize somebody after a decision has been made; to criticize something after it has happened
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