second-guess

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second-guess

1. To question or doubt someone or something retroactively. Why are you second-guessing me now? You agreed with this course of treatment just yesterday! You made the best decisions you could with the information you had at the time, so please don't second-guess yourself.
2. To try to anticipate how something will happen or what someone will do. Trying to second-guess the outcome of a game in progress is exhausting.

second-guess someone

to try to predict what some person will do before it is known to anyone, including the person. There is no point in trying to second-guess Bob. He is completely unpredictable.
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He does not want his recommendation to be rejected, so he will second guess the CIO's reaction and recommend the manager that, in his opinion, is most likely to be accepted.
PALIN: Well, first, we are friends with Israel and I don't think that we should second guess the measures that Israel has to take to defend themselves and for their security.
It is very important we create an atmosphere of confidence and trust in our stakeholders so they are not feeling the need to second guess and review what we are doing," said Mr Armitt, 60.
Poirot's great mind functions on a plane all its own: he does not solve his cases so much as be confirms his own assured logic and instincts, leaving his readers scrambling to second guess his almost psychic ability to ferret out felons.
The company had argued that it was not its place as a manufacturer to second guess the federal government, which continued to license Bull's Eye despite the disappearing guns.
Since the Borough Council's decision was narrowly tailored to prohibit only conduct that might generate the appearance of an entanglement between church and state, no constitutional infirmities resulted, and there is no cause for a court to second guess such a decision," Bassler ruled in Tenafly Eruv Association v.
We do not have to second guess if we eventually get a fuel surcharge.
By adopting such policies, agencies can decrease the likelihood that courts will second guess interrogators' judgments that invocations were ambiguous and forestall suppression of confessions based on State courts' adoption of standards higher than those set by the Supreme Court in Davis.
Just as we decline to second guess the city's considered judgments about the efficacy of its development plan, we also decline to second-guess the city's determination as to what lands it needs to acquire in order to effectuate the project.
I don't believe anyone can second guess the wisdom of our voters.
APA, along with its Ohio Chapter, filed an amicus brief in the case, urging the court not to second guess the city's urban renewal designation because the designation was derived from a planning process that incorporated meaningful public participation.
However, today's little shakeup with DELL could have many investors beginning to second guess the equity.
The FCC allocations are difficult to second guess, but if the intention is to improve teledensity rates in rural America, MSS/ATC does provide the vehicle by which this can be achieved.
We need, as near as possible, real time rotation of the model, otherwise we lose time trying to second guess.
As an agent, I never have to second guess MetTel's commitment to the agent channel," said Wuest.