monday morning quarterback

monday morning quarterback
noun also monday quarterback
Usage: usually capitalized Monday
Etymology: so called from the fact that most American football games are played on weekends
: a person who using hindsight criticizes what others have done

easy to be a Monday morning quarterback … and to be omniscient after the event, to expect superhuman deeds from human beings — H.W.Baldwin

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ˌMonday morning ˈquarterback 7 [Monday morning quarterback] noun (NAmE, informal, disapproving)
a person who criticizes or comments on an event after it has happened The quarterback directs the play in an American football match and matches are usually played at the weekend.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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