second-guess

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second-guess someone

to try to predict what some person will do before it is known to anyone, including the person. There is no point in trying to second-guess Bob. He is completely unpredictable.

second-guess somebody/something

 
1. to try to guess what will happen or what someone will do It's not for us to second-guess the court's decision - we'll just have to wait and see.
2. to criticize someone's actions or an event after it has happened It's easy to second-guess the team's coach - but let's face it, he made big mistakes.
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But after defeating Bishop Montgomery, it was clear Siam and Bralock were just thrilled to be on a championship team, and never second-guessed their decision.
Upon further review: Hackett second-guessed an official's ruling that Palmer fumbled in the third quarter, which gave Arizona the ball at the Trojans' 19-yard line.
He lost the most-revered tournament in golf by opting against conservative play on the final hole and wound up having his decision second-guessed by reporters.
She named the city, former public works director Lynn Harris and Caravalho as defendants in the wrongful termination and harassment suit, claiming that after she second-guessed fee structures for the yard- trimming recycling program in 1996, their reprimands for insubordination caused her to fear for her job, spiraled her into a deep depression and made it unbearable to return to work.
She named the city, former public works director Lynn Harris and Caravalho as defendants, claiming that after she second-guessed fee structures for the yard-trimming program in 1996, their reprimands for insubordination caused her to fear for her job, spiraled her into a deep depression and made it unbearable for her to return to work.
Thousand Oaks coach Craig Rond second-guessed Gyuris' decision to swim the 200 freestyle, saying it is too far of a distance for such a pure sprinter.
For the past four days, every choice was scrutinized, every move second-guessed.