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Back seat driver

DEFINITION

People who criticize from the sidelines, much like someone giving unwanted advice from the back seat of a vehicle to the driver. Bossy; a bystander who gives instructions without a request. (See Armchair Quarterback)

“While I was driving the car, my father- in-law in the backseat was telling me how fast to drive, when to pass other cars and generally trying to control my driving activities.”

 

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