Have you heard someone say, ‘on second thought’ and wondered what they meant by it? We’ll clear that up in this article, giving you the definition and origin, as well as providing examples of how to use the phrase in a sentence correctly.
Essentially, it means that you’ve changed your mind after thinking about something again.
‘On second thought’ is a common American phrase that people use to let someone know that they’ve changed their mind after thinking more about something. You’ll likely hear it immediately after the person changes their mind.
For example, you might hear someone say something like:
'I was going to go to the mall today to get a new dress, but on second thought, it might be cheaper to order it online.'
For example, if you had plans to go to the beach, but it looks like it’s going to rain, you might say:
'We were supposed to go to the beach today, but on second thought, maybe we should stay in. It looks like we’re going to get a thunderstorm.'
In the movie, Dumb and Dumber, Harry is responsible for delivering dogs to a dog show, but he gives them snacks before the delivery, which allows them to make a mess of themselves in the van. When he delivers them, he assures her that they’re in great condition and ready to appear in the show.
But once the client sees the condition the dogs are in (completely unkempt), his response is:
'You know, on second thought, you might just want to run a comb through ‘em.'
It’s clear that they’re going to need a lot more primping and polishing than Harry initially thought.
It isn’t entirely clear where the phrase ‘on second thought’ comes from.
However, there is a song called ‘On Second Thought’ that was written and recorded by American country music artist Eddie Rabbit.
How would you use ‘on second thought’ in a sentence?
Let’s see some examples:
What other ways could you say, ‘on second thought’?
Let’s take a look at some examples:
To recap, we learned the following:
Remember, it means that you’ve changed your mind after thinking about something again.
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