One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A passenger in a car who gives the driver unwanted advice.
- ‘I would need a sound proof partition for my passengers, though - I can't stand back seat drivers.’
- ‘I can't stand back-seat drivers… even worse, passenger-seat drivers.’
- 1.1 A person who is eager to advise without responsibility.
- ‘He was also plagued by advisers, officials and politicians, in Delhi who were not just back-seat drivers but wanted to take over the steering wheel themselves.’
- ‘‘I'll be in the driving seat because it's the only seat to be in,’ he answered a conference delegate who pointedly asked what the candidates thought of back-seat drivers.’
- ‘She failed to appreciate that the term ‘back-seat driver’, in most people's eyes, was pejorative: she thought it merely indicated helpfulness, whereas others saw it as meddling and controlling.’
- ‘He is deluged with advice from back-seat drivers.’
- ‘After all, remember how he once described critics as back-seat drivers facing the wrong way, and certainly critics are usually pretty good on the past, moderately good on the present, and helpless and hopeless for the future.’
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