on second thought


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on second thought

Fig. having given something more thought; having reconsidered something. On second thought, maybe you should sell your house and move into an apartment. On second thought, let's not go to a movie.
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on second thought

after having thought about something again On second thought we decided that it would be too expensive to fly, so we took a bus instead.
Related vocabulary: (but) then again
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on second thought

Resulting from a revised opinion or change of mind, as in I thought I'd go to the movies, but on second thought I'd rather stay home. Similarly, have second thoughts means "change one's mind," as in I've had second thoughts about moving to Florida. This idiom alludes to ideas that come later. [Mid-1600s]
See also: on, second, thought
References in classic literature ?
I remember that I laid down the basket full of diamonds, wishing to be rid of its weight, but on second thoughts took it up again.
Yes, on second thoughts I should say it was,' replied Sir Mulberry.
I did unmask his villainy, I even exaggerated it; at first I so altered his surname that it could easily be recognised, but on second thoughts I changed it, and sent the story to the Otetchestvenniya Zapiski.
On second thoughts, gentlemen, I don't wish you had known him, for if you had, you would have been all, by this time, in the ordinary course of nature, if not dead, at all events so near it, as to have taken to stopping at home and giving up company, which would have deprived me of the inestimable pleasure of addressing you at this moment.
The mention of the thing he thought he perceived was involuntary on Sam's part at first, and his confused attempts to dissuade him he set down to a desperate lying on second thoughts, as being unwilling to implicate Liza.
Dick's going with you; but, on second thoughts, I shall keep him to take care of me.
Accordingly, having lightened the ship, and brought all our guns and other movables to one side, we tried to bring her down, that we might come at her bottom; but, on second thoughts, we did not care to lay her on dry ground, neither could we find out a proper place for it.
Then on second thoughts he bent down and kissed his forehead.
asked Hester, half smiling at the absurd incongruity of the child's observation; but on second thoughts turning pale.
And Jo laughed, as if on second thoughts the thing struck her as a good joke.
But cook said she should take her chair into the cool court-yard, outside the kitchen door, and on second thoughts, all the rest of us took our chairs out there too.