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Armchair quarterback

DEFINITION

Non-participant offering advice. Someone watching, not participating, but with strong opinions of what should have been done, especially after the event. The phrase depicts images of an avid fan watching a football game on TV who thinks he could have made better decisions than the actual quarterback directing the team. (Compare to Back seat driver.)

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