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Backseat Driver

Happy Friday!!
This weeks fun phrase is “Backseat driver”

Meaning: Someone who gives orders when he or she is not in charge.

History: Today’s backseat driver is most likely to be in the front, alongside the real driver, but in the early days of motoring it was not unusual for the driver (often a chauffeur) to be in the front seat and the passengers in the back seat. I would date the expression to the 1920’s. Strangely the brash back-seat driver is quite in contrast with the shy or self-effacing person who , in the much older phrase, “takes a back seat.”

 

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