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I'm looking for an idiom or expression that means "no-one wants to help do a task, but everyone is ready to criticise after the task is completed"

There are plenty of expressions that capture the criticising after the task is complete (e.g. hindsight is 20/20), but none that I can think of where the same person/people criticising also had an opportunity to help.

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put up or shut up TFD an idiom

To take action or steps to resolve something that one dislikes or else stop complaining about it.

As in:

2003 New York Times Iraq's unexpected willingness to grant access to United Nations weapons inspectors presented American intelligence with a challenge to put up or shut up.

  • Putting up your rep. +1 – Lawrence May 31 at 3:39

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