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an armchair critic

One who speaks critically on topics one actually knows little to nothing about. My uncle is such an armchair critic 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 critic 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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So if you are an Armchair Critic reading this right now, I just want to say: keep up the fine work.
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Colin Taylor VVNO solutions from Smith Graham Smith is the classic armchair critic (Chatroom, Saturday).
And then the words started flowing from the man who, after not being given a wild card, was an armchair critic for the first time since 1989.
Outside of the great and the good of the literary world however, the ordinary armchair critic has also been exposed.
And John Simon has been known to pop in and dish the turkeys with Rozanne, who is something of an armchair critic herself.
And then the words started flowing from the man who after not being given a wild card was an armchair critic for the first time since 1989.
Shadow Foreign Secretary William Hague was today accused of behaving like an "ignorant armchair critic" after he warned that elements of Israel's response were "disproportionate".
I delight in being an armchair critic. The words awful and rubbish are my more constructive comments.
The celebrity side led by Robinson will be a stiff challenge for Radyr and as he looked to the game, British and Irish Lion Williams said: "As far as my cricket ability goes, let's just say I'm a brilliant armchair critic!" Visit www.radyrcc.co.uk for more information on the celebrity Twenty20 match and the club's cricket week
SHADOW Foreign Secretary William Hague has been branded an "ignorant armchair critic" by a senior Conservative after criticising Israel's actions in Lebanon.
Possibly the most tragic thing about this entire situation is that much as I would like to assume the full armchair critic position, abhor Hollyoaks and violently object to Sunday morning T4, all of this teen culture business is a secret fetish of my own.
One armchair critic called Esme stated, "No, no, no.
It is so easy to be an armchair critic and do nothing to try and put right the things that are perceived as being wrong in our community.