second thought


Definition of second thought

: reconsideration or a revised opinion of a previous often hurried decision began to have second thoughts

Examples of second thought in a Sentence

After she agreed to lend him the money, she had second thoughts. She was having second thoughts about getting married. He hardly gave it a second thought.
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Recent Examples on the Web On second thought, maybe don’t ask him: Mr. de Blasio is still remembered for making the mistake of eating a slice at Goodfella’s, a popular pizzeria on Staten Island, with a knife and fork. New York Times, "Want to Be Mayor of New York? Better Know Your Wings and Dumplings," 25 Feb. 2021 On second thought, Lamb does have a few words on the matter. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Dallas Cowboys WR CeeDee Lamb on Dak Prescott: ‘Cannot wait to have him back’," 4 Feb. 2021 On second thought, a roll call of experts from myriad fields was consulted — with entertaining results. Bill Pennington, New York Times, "Madonna? Harry Potter? Churchill? Tom Brady May Be Beyond Compare," 3 Feb. 2021 From Willie Mays to Willie McCovey to Felipe Alou to Dusty Baker to Barry Bonds to Duane Kuiper to all fans of baseball, Aaron made an impact unlike any other as a noble figure who could be worshiped as an American hero without a second thought. John Shea,, "Hank Aaron’s Giants connections go deeper than Willie Mays and Barry Bonds," 22 Jan. 2021 Take oxygen, to which most of us don’t give a second thought but which hospitals need to keep critically ill COVID-19 patients alive. Amina Khan Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus Today: Our century-old mask wars," 29 Dec. 2020 Businesses provide soap, paper towels, water, and toilet paper to customers and employees who use their restrooms without charge—and without second thought. Chandra Bozelko, Fortune, "Why business must help end ‘period poverty’ for women in America," 10 Dec. 2020 On second thought, maybe nobody should present Kelly and Shannon as a teaching tool in any classes, history or otherwise. Mary Sollosi,, "The Real Housewives of Orange County," 3 Dec. 2020 So on second thought, maybe the coach wasn’t the problem. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Galaxy flash some grit in win over Real Salt Lake, but team’s problems run deep," 1 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of second thought

1622, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of second thought was in 1622

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3 Mar 2021

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“Second thought.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of second thought

: a feeling of guilt, doubt, worry, etc., that you have after you have decided to do something or after something has happened

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