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 But nobody should for a second think that Israel will be one of them. Michael J. Koplow, The New Republic, "Israel’s Decision to Ban U.S. Congresswomen Is Self-Defeating," 15 Aug. 2019 On second thought, Jackson's early hook trumps Kizer's late night -- Bud Shaw CLEVELAND, Ohio - On second thought... * * * DeShone Kizer's late night didn't register with me as an issue. Mary Kay Cabot,, "DeShone Kizer benched for Cody Kessler in 3rd quarter vs. Titans," 22 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of second thought

1622, in the meaning defined above

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“Second thought.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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