second banana

noun Informal.
1.
a comic who supports the leading comedian, often as a straight man, especially in burlesque or vaudeville.
2.
any person who plays a secondary role or serves in a subsidiary capacity.
Compare top banana.


Origin:
1950–55

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To hear him tell it, there had never been a happier second banana.
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