Second guessing

Posted by Joe Dundas on November 04, 2001

In Reply to: Second guessing posted by ESC on December 18, 2000

: : "Second guessing yourself"?
: : Can anyone explain this phrase to me.
: : Thanks.

: Person A makes a decision. Person B questions the wisdom of that decision. If you are "second guessing" yourself, you are questioning a decision you've made.

sec·ond-guess (sknd-gs)
v. sec·ond-·guessed, sec·ond-·guess·ing, sec·ond-·guess·es
v. tr.
To criticize or correct after an outcome is known.

To outguess.
To predict or anticipate: "She can second-guess indictments" (Scott Turow).

v. intr.
To criticize a decision after its outcome is known.