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armchair general

One who speaks authoritatively on topics one actually knows little to nothing about. My uncle is such an armchair general about the classes I'm taking—the fact that he never went to college doesn't stop him from weighing in! Stop being an armchair general and let me fix my car, since I actually know what I'm doing here!
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an armchair something

An armchair critic, fan, traveller, etc. is interested in a particular subject and may talk about it, but does not have any real experience of it. The last thing we need are words of wisdom from an armchair critic. This great book is ideal for both the travelling supporter and the armchair fan.
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an armchair critic

a person who knows about a subject only by reading or hearing about it and criticizes without active experience or first-hand knowledge.
The phrase armchair critic is first recorded in 1896 , but the concept was around at least a decade earlier: in 1886 Joseph Chamberlain sneered at opponents as ‘arm-chair politicians’. Another common variant is armchair traveller , meaning ‘someone who travels in their imagination only’.
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an armchair critic, traveller, etc.

a person who knows about a subject only from what they have heard or read and not from personal experience: He’s what you might call an ‘armchair traveller’, having never actually been outside Europe.
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The unique piece - known as the "dragons' armchair because of the ornate sculptures on its sweeping armrests - was created between 1917 and 1919.
Of course, I suppose you and all those other armchair supporters will be the first in the queue for match tickets for the Cup Final, therefore denying the TRUE fans who have paid good money all season to shout on and support their team.
She used a tan-and-white cowhide-covered armchair from New West of Cody, Wyoming, as her theme setter, and surrounded it with an effective mix of less stylized contemporary and country-style pieces.
By analyzing air exhaled, the researchers calculated energy expenditures in the armchair bicylists before and after administering the nasal spray and compared the relative changes with those in controls given placebo nasal sprays.
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Rivera said the armchair project under the joint venture for education - known as Alay sa Kabataan Lahat ng Alaga at Talino (Aklat) - that the city government, RD Foundation and RCR Foundation signed would not only bridge the gap between armchairs and the number of pupils but also provided additional livelihood opportunities for members of the PWD community.
Dubai The Dubai Cricket Council (DCC) & Sindhi Cricket Club (SCC) Combined XI scored an exciting five-wicket win with just one ball to spare over Armchair Boys team, made up of sports journalists from different UAE newspapers on Monday night.
Munna, a Portuguese brand dedicated to the creation of unique and luxurious upholstery pieces, has introduced Cleo armchair.
FINALE In a shabby old armchair, he sits at the window Feeble and grey at the end of his time Life passed behind him, not much to commend him Just memories left at the end of the line.
How about re-covering an armchair or adding cushions?
In Division Two FC Armchair v Pensby Hotel changed venues in order to get the game played.