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.
Recent Examples on the Web On second thought, Miss Manners suddenly sees the benefit. Washington Post, 7 May 2022 On second thought, make that 48-hours in Albuquerque. Chadd Scott, Forbes, 2 May 2022 Administrators admonished teachers to parents without a second thought. Stephen Noonoo, The New Republic, 2 May 2022 If there is a Lawrence Taylor, Reggie White or Aaron Donald available, go ahead and draft him without a second thought. Steve Silverman, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 Without a second thought, a renter will disclose all their personal information — social security number, bank accounts, driver's license, date of birth, employment, income — on an application and may pay a deposit to a stranger. Christopher Elliott, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2022 So, what’s our incentive to kill ourselves for a system set up to step over our bodies without a second thought to simply look for the next candidate? Kathleen Newman-bremang,, 1 Feb. 2022 The brevity of Twitter, mated to its firehose constancy, makes dashing off random notions without a second thought easy—for better and for worse. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 12 Jan. 2022 Do the Jets take him without a second thought over Zach Wilson at No. 2?, 3 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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26 May 2022

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“Second thought.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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