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- n. Alternative form of afterwit.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Wisdom or perception that comes after it can be of use.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Wisdom that comes after the event.
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Trust me, dear Yorick, this unwary pleasantry of thine will sooner or later bring thee into scrapes and difficulties, which no after-wit can extricate thee out of. —
However much Hooker's after-wit may have prompted him to deny it, his despatch of 4.10 P.M., to Sedgwick, shows conclusively that he himself had adopted this theory of a retreat.
It was only when he was driven to extremity in explaining the causes of his defeat, that his after-wit suggested
Harar, I employed myself in meditating flight; they drily declared that after-wit serves no good purpose: whilst I considered the possibility of escape, they looked only at the prospect of being dragged back with pinioned arms by the Amir's guard.
This after-wit, as it is a proof of the truth of God, so it is a proof of the folly of men, who will look no further than they can see.
It is a necessary piece of after-wit, if we have foolishly entangled ourselves, to get out of the snare as fast as we can, to lose no time, spare no pains, and stick at no submission to make ourselves safe and easy, and get our affairs into a good posture.
We often find that after-wit would have done much better before and have prevented much inconvenience.
Wearied by delay at Harar, I employed myself in meditating flight; they drily declared that after-wit serves no good purpose: whilst I considered the possibility of escape, they looked only at the prospect of being dragged back with pinioned arms by the Amir’s guard.
We took him now as he was admitted into the Court and the Queen's favours, and here he was not to seek to play his part well and dexterously; but his play was chiefly at the fore-game, not that he was a learner at the latter, but he loved not the after-wit, for the report is (and I think not unjustly) that he was seldom behind-hand with his gamesters, and that they always went with the loss.
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