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second fiddle

noun
1.
a secondary role:
to play second fiddle to another person.
2.
a person serving in a subsidiary capacity, especially to one immediately superior.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35
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British Dictionary definitions for second-fiddle

second fiddle

noun (informal)
1.
  1. the second violin in a string quartet or one of the second violins in an orchestra
  2. the musical part assigned to such an instrument
2.
a secondary status
3.
a person who has a secondary status
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Slang definitions & phrases for second-fiddle

second fiddle

adjective

: a sort of second-fiddle appointment

noun

A person or thing that is not the most favored, the best, the leader, etc: definitely second fiddle before the Convention started (1809+)

Related Terms

play second fiddle


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Idioms and Phrases with second-fiddle

second fiddle

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