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second best

the next to the best in performance, achievement, craftsmanship, etc.
Origin of second best
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English
Related forms
second-best, adjective Unabridged
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second best

Also, second class . Next after the first in rank or quality, inferior to the best, as in We aren't satisfied with being second best in sales , or This hotel is obviously second class . The first term dates from the first half of the 1400s, the variant from about 1800. Also see come off , def. 2; second class
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