second-fiddle

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:
1825–35

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second fiddle
 
n
1.  a.  the second violin in a string quartet or one of the second violins in an orchestra
 b.  the musical part assigned to such an instrument
2.  a secondary status
3.  a person who has a secondary status

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