second-best

second best

noun
the next to the best in performance, achievement, craftsmanship, etc.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English

second-best, adjective
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second-best
 
adj
1.  next to the best
2.  informal come off second best to be defeated in competition
 
n
3.  an inferior alternative

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