On second thought
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British pronunciation/ˌɒn sˈɛkənd θˈɔːt/
American pronunciation/ˌɑːn sˈɛkənd θˈɔːt/
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used to state that one has adopted a different opinion

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What is the origin of the idiom "on second thought" and when to use it?

The idiom "on second thought" originated in the English language, but its specific origin is difficult to trace. It is a common expression used to convey the idea of reconsidering or revising one's initial thoughts or opinions. The phrase likely emerged from the natural tendency of individuals to reflect and reevaluate their perspectives after having some time to think or gather additional information. It is commonly used when someone reevaluates their initial thoughts, judgments, or decisions after further reflection or consideration.

have second thoughts
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British pronunciation/hav sˈɛkənd θˈɔːts/
American pronunciation/hæv sˈɛkənd θˈɔːts/
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to start doubting a decision and begin to wonder whether it is the right or best thing to do

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What is the origin of the idiom "have second thoughts" and when to use it?

The idiom "have second thoughts" originates from the idea of reconsidering a decision or action before proceeding. It is used to suggest taking a moment to reflect or entertain doubts about one's initial choice, often due to uncertainty or a realization.

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She was going to buy the dress, but on second thought, she decided to save the money.
She was going to buy the dress, but on second thought, she decided to save the money.
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