back-seat driver

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See also: backseat driver


Alternative forms[edit]


back-seat driver (plural back-seat drivers)

  1. A person sitting (typically) in the back seat of a car issuing (unsolicited and usually unwanted) instructions to the driver.
  2. (figuratively) An opinionated person who offers (unsolicited and often unwanted) advice on the best way to handle a situation.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The figurative definition is far more common.