A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: A passenger in a vehicle not necessarily in the backseat who attempts to instruct the driver or criticize their driving skills. He issues a lot of instructions, gives a lot of advice, offers no end of criticism. Primarily heard in US. Someone who criticizes from the sidelines. By extension, someone who tries to establish and maintain control over every situation.
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Even changing your routine for example, if you don’t usually pick up your child at the daycare center can make parents forget their child is in the backseat. Now your backseat driver can read the map at night without turning on the disturbing dome light. The bitter memories of Thatcher and a giant ego; City Correspondent Dan Roberts looks at the re-emergence of a European defence dream which once threatened to tear the Conservative party apart. This is my assignment and I do not need any backseat driver on this one.
Someone who criticizes from the sidelines. Stop pestering me with all your advice. Don’t judge us yet. For example, Aunt Mary drives us all crazy with her instructions; she’s an incurable backseat driver. Davies is fed up with being a backseat driver on Great Britain’s bobsleigh squad and will next year go head to head with Nicola Minichiello in a bid to establish herself as number one.
He said police officers will warn backseat passengers first and if the passenger refuses to fasten the seat belt, the driver will be issued a ticket. She was then made to sit in the backseat and her mobile phone was taken. Wodehouse used it, without any explanation of its meaning, in Very Good, Jeeves!
It emerged in the USA in early 20th century, as motoring was becoming widespread.
This expression is used to show disapproval. Bobsleigh star to challenge team-mate.
Backseat – Idioms by The Free Dictionary
A Bahraini mother gave birth to a baby boy in the backseat of a car, after a road accident as she was being rushed to hospital. By extension, someone who tries to establish and maintain control over every situation.
Stop pestering me with all your advice.
The figurative and derogatory meaning of ‘back-seat driver’ is unambiguous in this from The Bismarck Tribune a few years later – December Back-seat driver What’s the meaning of the phrase ‘Back seat driver’?
This term originated in the United States in the s, when it was first used for a passenger legitimately directing a chauffeur, and it was quickly transferred to figurative use. Arizona’s cell-phone industry is protesting Phoenix’s new law banning texting while driving by proposing a state law that bans all kinds activities that can distract a driver–including eating, putting on make-up and turning around to talk to kids in the backseat.
The expression must have been in common use, in the UK at least, bywhen P. Also see the synonym Monday-morning quarterback and the antonym take a back seat. A passenger in a vehicle not necessarily in the backseat who attempts to instruct the driver or criticize their driving skills. In our class assignment group, Matt is acting like a backseat driver.
If you call a passenger in a car a back-seat driveryou mean that they keep telling the driver what to do. Police name passenger killed in village crash.
It’s possible that the phrase originated that way, but I rather doubt it. This comes from the annoying habit of some people of giving unwanted advice to vehicle drivers. Benz, Derek, and J.
I took a back seat during the presentation because I knew you could handle it. Significantly more backseat passengers wearing seat belts: Quite suddenly and unexpectedly, no one more surprised than myself, the car let out a metaphorifal gurgle like a sick moose and stopped in its tracks Burleson felt like a backseat driver with no control.
Jan is a bit of a backseat driver and an obsessive motor-mouth.