take a backseat

backseat

[bak-seet]
noun
1.
a seat at the rear.
Idioms
2.
take a backseat, to occupy a secondary or inferior position: Her writing has taken a backseat because of other demands on her time.

Origin:
1825–35

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backseat

noun
1. a secondary or inferior position or status; "tennis has had to take a backseat while his work is so demanding" 
2. a seat at the back of a vehicle (especially the seat at the back of an automobile) 
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