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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
1950-1955
1950-55
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Examples for second banana
  • To hear him tell it, there had never been a happier second banana.
Slang definitions & phrases for second banana

second banana

noun phrase

A supporting comedian: Who was second banana, Laurel or Hardy? (1940s+ Show business)

Related Terms

top banana


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with second banana
see under top banana
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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