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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 lost the most-revered tournament in golf by opting against conservative play on the final hole and wound up having his decision second-guessed by reporters.
She named the city, former public works director Lynn Harris and Caravalho as defendants in the wrongful termination and harassment suit, claiming that after she second-guessed fee structures for the yard- trimming recycling program in 1996, their reprimands for insubordination caused her to fear for her job, spiraled her into a deep depression and made it unbearable to return to work.
She named the city, former public works director Lynn Harris and Caravalho as defendants, claiming that after she second-guessed fee structures for the yard-trimming program in 1996, their reprimands for insubordination caused her to fear for her job, spiraled her into a deep depression and made it unbearable for her to return to work.
Thousand Oaks coach Craig Rond second-guessed Gyuris' decision to swim the 200 freestyle, saying it is too far of a distance for such a pure sprinter.
For the past four days, every choice was scrutinized, every move second-guessed.
When members of the Board of Education second-guessed him Monday about his decision to replace one of his subordinates, Zacarias asserted his authority to manage the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Frankly, I like to believe we have departments that have an ability to manage and don't need to be second-guessed.
Also, police union President Dave Hepburn, who was in the audience during the exchange, said in an interview that some officers might not go the extra mile to make arrests that ``are more risky situations where they might be second-guessed.