20-20 hindsight

Also found in: Idioms.
Perfect understanding of an event after it has happened; - a term usually used with sarcasm in response to criticism of one's decision, implying that the critic is unfairly judging the wisdom of the decision in light of information that was not available when the decision was made.

See also: hindsight

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Still, crystal balls are cloaked in 20-20 hindsight, so obvious is the result that dirt is piled on everyone and everything.
The internal review, overseen by David Anderson QC, is measured and avoids examining events with the benefit of 20-20 hindsight.
Moving forward, and with the benefit of 20-20 hindsight, it is necessary to review education guidelines pertinent to this issue.
Unfortunately the execution of it, with 20-20 hindsight, could have been better considered, but it was a gesture from all involved to say let's try and help to make the show more attractive, and mix up the grid, but it had a detrimental effect.
with the benefit of 20-20 hindsight he still can't recall a single game or incident that struck him as unusual.
Jurors will be asked to decide if Sether's action was "objectively reasonable under the circumstances, from the perspective of a reasonable police officer on the scene at that time, and not with the benefit of 20-20 hindsight," Schmidt said.
With 20-20 hindsight and all that has followed, I would not have offered him the job and I expect that he wouldn't have taken it.
If we had had 20-20 hindsight, we would have persuaded the government not to sell the Tote, because there are definite risks about taking money from racing just when we need it most.
Tedlow states in no uncertain terms that, based on his studies of dozens of companies and CEOs that have suffered reversals, the disasters don't require 20-20 hindsight.
As with all sweeping retrospectives there's the danger of 20-20 hindsight as modern curators try to marshal the past into the cultural pre-occupations of the present.
It would be wrong to get carried away by what happened at the Bradford & Bingley yesterday, or to apply 20-20 hindsight to its executives' decision to finance much of its lending from the wholesale money markets rather than savers' deposits.