Thursday, February 14, 2013

cliché: a back seat driver

Meaning: one who criticizes from the sidelines (definition).

Example: From the other side of the counter, Marge made continual suggestions on how to mix the recipe, in her typical role as back-seat driver.

Origins: From the modern day automobile passenger who freely comments on the driving habits of drivers. (Source.)

  • back seat adviser
  • rumble seat supervisor
  • rear seat moderator
  • coach seat pilot
  • over-the-shoulder editor
  • offsite oversight
  • blind guide 

Discussion: Not sure these are all equivalent rewrites, but they all give a flavor of the metaphor intended. 

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