twenty-twenty hindsight
hindsight hindsight n. understanding the nature of an event after it has happened; as, hindsight is always clearer than foresight. [WordNet 1.5]

{20-20 hindsight}, {twenty-twenty hindsight} Perfect understanding of an event after it has happened; -- a term usually used with sarcasm in response to criticism of one's decision, implying that the critic is unfairly judging the wisdom of the decision in light of information that was not available when the decision was made. [PJC]


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  • twenty-twenty hindsight — (or 20/20 hindsight) : the full knowledge and complete understanding that you have about an event only after it has happened With 20/20 hindsight we now see where our strategy went wrong. • • • Main Entry: ↑twenty twenty …   Useful english dictionary

  • hindsight is twenty-twenty — After something has gone wrong, it is easy to look back and make criticisms …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • twenty-twenty — 20/20 n [U] [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: From normal sight being judged on the ability to read letters at a distance of 20 feet] 1.) twenty twenty vision the ability to see things normally, without needing glasses ▪ A pilot must have twenty twenty… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • twenty-twenty — or 20/20 adjective Etymology: from the testing of vision by reading letters at a distance of 20 feet Date: 1875 1. of the human eye meeting a standard of normal visual acuity < twenty twenty vision > 2. marked by facilely accurate discernment,… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • twenty-twenty — /twen tee twen tee, twun tee twun tee/, adj. 1. Ophthalm. having normal visual acuity. 2. keenly or acutely perceptive: an opinion based on twenty twenty hindsight. Also, 20 20. [1935 40] * * * …   Universalium

  • twenty-twenty hindsight — AND 20/20 …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • hindsight — n. understanding the nature of an event after it has happened; as, hindsight is always clearer than foresight. [WordNet 1.5] {20 20 hindsight}, {twenty twenty hindsight} Perfect understanding of an event after it has happened; a term usually used …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • twenty — O.E. twentig group of twenty, from twegen two (see TWO (Cf. two)) + tig group of ten (see TY (Cf. ty) (1)). Cognate with O.Fris. twintich, Du. twintig, O.H.G. zweinzug, Ger. zwanzig. Goth …   Etymology dictionary

  • hindsight — n. an ability to figure out what one should have done after it is too late to do it. □ Everybody has twenty twenty hindsight! □ Your 20/20 hindsight is just great …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • twenty — n. & adj. n. (pl. ies) 1 the product of two and ten. 2 a symbol for this (20, xx, XX). 3 (in pl.) the numbers from 20 to 29, esp. the years of a century or of a person s life. 4 colloq. a large indefinite number (have told you twenty times). adj …   Useful english dictionary

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