armchair general

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!
See also: armchair, general
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Start finding answers to your Civil War questions in this two-part series, led by Armchair General Ken Gough.
It's about old sweats and armchair general Sir Michael Fallon, the Defence Secretary, battling to retain the biggest possible budget in the face of a PS30 billion spending black hole.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, a right-wing, gungho, puce-faced armchair general if ever I saw one, unilaterally extended Britain's role in a Nato strike force by three more years.
The blend of national strategy and real-time battlefield tactics is intensely appealing to any armchair general and I've played most of them over the last 13 years.
SO John Welsh calls me an armchair general and I should stick to reading the Beano (Feedback, Thursday, March 15).
Let's do two things - become an armchair general and apply common sense
Founded in 2001 by industry veterans Norm Koger and Jim Rose, its most recent titles include two award winning 3D Naval Simulation & Strategy games, the 2006 Armchair General Wargame of the Year, Distant Guns, and Game Pro's Editor's Choice, Jutland.
No armchair general here: Bing West has climbed mountains in Afghanistan with American combat troops, watched rocket-propelled grenades streak over his head and come close to dying of cholera.
Peters originally published these articles in various professional forums including Armchair General.
Unlike many of AQ's top members, Zawahiri has not had actual combat experience, instead opting to be an armchair general with a 'soft' image.
The official stressed that Zawahiri had not had any actual combat experience, and had opted instead "to be an armchair general with a 'soft' image.
Unlike many of AQ's top members, Zawahri has not had actual combat experience, instead opting to be an armchair general with a 'soft' image.
First, it contains a number of shorter articles--some previously appearing in the military history journal Armchair General and online.
He added: "I'm not in a position to second guess the commander, I'm not in a position to do that, I'm not going to be an armchair general in this job, thank you very much.
s $350 million purchase of Weider Publications in 2002, he'd contented himself with the company's nutritional business and a sole history title, Armchair General, launched January 2004.