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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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That's the nature of what I do - but the Jacksons are going to be second-guessed because, if we quit now, people will say we quit too early.
"And when Robert turned ABF over to me, he never second-guessed me."
The surviving officer not only was victimized by watching his partner murdered but was second-guessed by his colleagues because he escaped and survived.
Perhaps because the "contemporary" cannot be second-guessed; perhaps because the conundrum of the body persists, because the body will not be figured out or figured.
Judy Waxman, Director of Government Affairs at Families USA, applauded the move, saying, "Consumers would be thrilled not to have to wait the extra time, and doctors would be thrilled not to be second-guessed by clerks.
They are not much inclined to leave their fingerprints on anything novel for which they can be blamed or second-guessed." The trick, he said: Take them off the hook- Don't ask permission.
"From my perspective, it gives me a great deal of concern and trepidation of being second-guessed by auditors and the SEC." The $64,000 question to Hanish, is: "Who are the users to whom FASB is directing these disclosures?" He adds that accounting standards can't be written for every particular situation or industry.