wise after the event

wise after the event
   When someone realizes, after something has happened, what could have been done to prevent it from happening, they are wise after the event.
   

In retrospect, I suppose I should have realized the boy was in difficulty and offered to help, but it's easy to be wise after the event.


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  • wise after the event — Only too aware of how something could have been avoided, done better, etc, when it has already occurred • • • Main Entry: ↑wise * * * wise after the event british phrase to know what you should have done after something has happened, but not… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Wise After the Event — Infobox Album | Name = Wise After the Event Type = Album Artist = Anthony Phillips Released = May, 1978 Recorded = October December, 1977 Genre = Progressive rock Length = 59:40 Label = Passport Records, Virgin Records Producer = Rupert Hine… …   Wikipedia

  • wise after the event — British to know what you should have done after something has happened, but not while it was happening It doesn t help to be wise after the event …   English dictionary

  • it is easy to be wise after the event — Cf. c 1490 P. DE COMMYNES Mémoires (1924) I. I. xvi. Les deux ducz..estoient saiges après le coup (comme l’on dit des Bretons); 1596 T. DANNETT tr. Commynes’ Mémoires I. xvi. These two Dukes were wise after the hurt received (as the common… …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • be wise after the event — ► be wise after the event understand and assess something only after its implications have become obvious. Main Entry: ↑wise …   English terms dictionary

  • It's easy to be wise after the event. — British, American & Australian, American something that you say which means that it is easy to understand what you could have done to prevent something bad from happening after it has happened. In retrospect I suppose we should have realised that …   New idioms dictionary

  • wise after the event — to realize, after smth has happened, what should (or should not) have been done before it happened …   Idioms and examples

  • after the event — british phrase after something has happened, when it is too late to change anything It seems obvious now, but that’s being wise after the event. Thesaurus: late or too latesynonym Main entry: event * * * after the eˈvent idiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • (be) wise after the event — be ˌwise after the eˈvent idiom (often disapproving) to understand sth, or realize what you should have done, only after sth has happened Main entry: ↑wiseidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • after the event — British after something has happened, when it is too late to change anything It seems obvious now, but that s being wise after the event …   English dictionary

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