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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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And some armchair critics have also made their opinions loud and clear on social media about his recent performances in the ring.
After all, quite a few of the armchair critics have left the show after becoming celebrities in their own right.
The first group of famous armchair critics include Rylan Clark-Neal and his mum Linda, Nick Grimshaw and his niece Liv, Gyles Brandreth and Sheila Hancock.
Let's hope not as the first group of famous armchair critics, who include Rylan Clark-Neal and his mum Linda, Gyles Brandreth and Sheila Hancock, and Little Mix, let us know what they think about some of the biggest shows of the week.
FRIDAY, CHANNEL 4, 9PM Celebrity Gogglebox The first group of famous armchair critics include Rylan Clark-Neal, left, and his mum Linda, Nick Grimshaw and his niece Liv, Gyles Brandreth and Sheila Hancock, and Little Mix.
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. To those armchair critics who do nothing but complain about our athletes and our team (half of those critics have never even played organized ball), my advice: watch Kuyang Cito Beltran's interview with Coach Yeng over at One News Channel (there are replays) and pay particular attention to the segment where Coach describes the ordeal just getting the team to be physically in Kazakhstan.
This is the 13th series of the show that sees armchair critics review the week's biggest and best shows.
GOGGLEBOX Friday, Channel 4, 9pm THE armchair critics are back for a 13th series.
May I suggest that THEY introduce a system whereby the UK will not suffer such shortages,or are they purely armchair critics? The Government in the past has already called for a growth in home grown fruit and veg that would help the environment and boost the economy.
Pakistan has always been at the mercy of armchair critics because one series defeat was enough for many to forget all that was achieved in the past.
The government's move to raise minimum wage to a standard RM1,050 nationwide might be 'paltry' to armchair critics, Human Resources Minister M.
"I watched the entire game unlike those armchair critics. Were we wrong?
Meanwhile, the number watching television together on a daily basis, typified by the Channel 4 show and its armchair critics, has risen from 49% to 54% over the same period.
'That is why I disagree with armchair critics, who wail at the drop of a hat.