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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 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 traveler

One who speaks authoritatively about traveling despite not traveling often. Don't let him discourage you when he's just an armchair traveler who's never been out of the country!
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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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armchair general

A self-proclaimed military expert with little or no practical experience, who imposes his or her views on others. See also backseat driver; Monday-morning quarterback.
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Education Undersecretary for administration Alain del Pascua said the law supports the agency's five-year plan to replace existing armchairs with a new furniture set comprised of one table and two chairs.
Angara said that every day, left-handed students 'are faced with an additional challenge in school of having to deal with armchairs that do not support their 'uniqueness.''
A neutral desk, according to the law, is a table or an armchair suitable for left-handed or right-handed students.
[USPRwire, Fri Jul 26 2019] Market outlook Global Armchairs with footrest market is gaining attention due to increasing standard of living.
2114, or the proposed "Mandatory Provision of Left-Handed Armchairs in Educational Institutions Act" aims to require educational institutions nationwide to provide left-handed armchairs for left-handed students who are currently "left without a choice but to work with right-handed armchairs."
I love the Brassica button back armchair; it's neat proportions and soft curves make it ideal for bedroom spaces.
Armchairs (premier) seating with footrests, other than row 1.
The Icpalli collection from Point is made up of two armchairs - one tall and the other short.
Rock music and acting icon Lenny Kravitz's furniture collaboration with designer Philippe Starck for Kartell's redesigned Mademoiselle armchairs hit a high note with attendees at the 2012 Milan Furniture Fair.
These facts, and historical evidence, should matter to the Prime Minister and he should not dismiss them, or those in armchairs, lightly.
SINK into a sofa from Next plus two matching armchairs to celebrate the opening of the new Cardiff store.
They have donated three medical armchairs costing more than pounds 800.
Next Rowe chose seating for mobility: oversize (chair-and-a-half) armchairs on casters; eight cushioned wicker armchairs to be dining, desk, and occasional chairs.
Under the law, the state requires educational institutions to provide appropriate armchairs to address the needs of all students, including the left-handed student population.
[USPRwire, Fri Jul 19 2019] Market outlook Global Armchairs with footrest market is gaining attention due to increasing standard of living.