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Monday morning quarterback

A person who acts like he or she has all the answers to a problem, especially in hindsight, usually without having any experience in that area. Likened to fans and commentators who criticize a football team after a Sunday game. Primarily heard in US. Social media seems to have turned everyone into a Monday morning quarterback whenever political issues are discussed.

a Monday morning quarterback

someone who says how an event or problem should have been dealt with, after other people have already dealt with it It's easy to be a Monday morning quarterback when you see the kids' low test scores, but there are no easy answers to improving education.

Monday-morning quarterback

A person who criticizes or passes judgment from a position of hindsight, as in Ethel was a Monday-morning quarterback about all the personnel changes in her department-she always claimed to have known what was going to happen . This expression, first recorded in 1932, alludes to fans who verbally "replay" Sunday's football game the next day, the quarterback being the team member who calls the plays.
See also: quarterback


tv. to manage, lead, or direct someone or something. I quarterbacked the whole company for more years than I care to remember.
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