second thought

second thoughts
1) N-SING: with brd-neg, a N If you do something without a second thought, you do it without thinking about it carefully, usually because you do not have enough time or you do not care very much.

This murderous lunatic could kill them both without a second thought...

Roberto didn't give a second thought to borrowing $2,000 from him.

2) N-PLURAL: oft N about n If you have second thoughts about a decision that you have made, you begin to doubt whether it was the best thing to do.

I had never had second thoughts about my decision to leave the company.

3) PHRASE: PHR with cl You can say on second thoughts or on second thought when you suddenly change your mind about something that you are saying or something that you have decided to do.

`Wait there!' Kathryn rose. `No, on second thought, follow me.'


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • Second thought — Second Sec ond, a. [F., fr. L. secundus second, properly, following, fr. sequi to follow. See {Sue} to follow, and cf. {Secund}.] 1. Immediately following the first; next to the first in order of place or time; hence, occurring again; another;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • second thought — n. a change in thought about a matter after reconsidering it on second thought after reconsideration …   English World dictionary

  • second thought — noun VERB + SECOND THOUGHT ▪ have second thoughts ▪ not give sth ▪ As for the money, don t give it a second thought. PREPOSITION ▪ on  …   Collocations dictionary

  • second thought — noun thinking again about a choice previously made (Freq. 1) he had second thoughts about his purchase • Syn: ↑reconsideration, ↑afterthought, ↑rethink • Derivationally related forms: ↑rethink ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • second thought — n. 1) to have second thoughts about smt. 2) on second thought (AE)/on second thoughts (BE) ( after reconsideration ) 3) (misc.) without giving the matter a second thought * * * [ˌsekənd θɔːt] (misc.) without giving the matter a second thought to… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • second thought — 1. Often, second thoughts. reservation about a previous action, position, decision, judgment, or the like: He had second thoughts about his decision. 2. on second thought, after reconsideration: On second thought, I don t think I ll go. Also,… …   Universalium

  • second thought — noun 1 on second thoughts BrE on second thought AmE spoken used to say that you have changed your mind about something: I ll have a coffee please. Oh no, on second thought, make it a beer. 2 have second thoughts to change your mind, or start… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • second thought — {n.} A change of ideas or opinions resulting from more thought or study. * /Your second thoughts are very often wiser than your first ideas./ * /We decided to climb the mountain, but on second thought realized that it was too dangerous./ Compare …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • second thought — {n.} A change of ideas or opinions resulting from more thought or study. * /Your second thoughts are very often wiser than your first ideas./ * /We decided to climb the mountain, but on second thought realized that it was too dangerous./ Compare …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • second\ thought — noun A change of ideas or opinions resulting from more thought or study. Your second thoughts are very often wiser than your first ideas. We decided to climb the mountain, but on second thought realized that it was too dangerous. Compare: think… …   Словарь американских идиом

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