Bill declined to play the second-fiddle parts; he took himself out of Mary's orchestra entirely.
He found it hard to believe a man of my sort, so self-assured, would stand the truth from a man of his second-fiddle sort.
Mrs. Fox-Darriel found the rle of second-fiddle a little dull; still, it was well worth while to play it.
: a sort of second-fiddle appointment
A person or thing that is not the most favored, the best, the leader, etc: definitely second fiddle before the Convention started (1809+)