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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Getting people to understand critical decisions that have to be made cannot be second guessed three months down the line.
Smithson left only a rudimentary sketch of the proposed topography and landscape, so had to be creatively second guessed on several issues, though he did specify the presence of a weeping willow and moss just so on a particular boulder.
In light of the different catastrophic emergencies we have seen--both here and in New Orleans--the flexibility required to prepare and respond in innovative ways is critical and this ruling reaffirms the legislative precedent allowing the planners to do their jobs without being second guessed.
Hess reminds that developers have been consistently second guessed on past Long Island projects, even after they have been subjected to minute inspections and costly litigation.