second fiddle

  1. a secondary role or function
    he hated to play second fiddle to anyone
  2. someone who serves in a subordinate capacity or plays a secondary role
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How To Use second fiddle In A Sentence

  • They have learned second fiddle by playing in the gaps between the comings and goings of staffers. Christianity Today
  • The narrative in this book plays second fiddle to the excellent photographs.
  • Pity the poor orchestra having to play second fiddle to that load of rubbish. Times, Sunday Times
  • The hapless young romantics do their best as second fiddles. Times, Sunday Times
  • But the plot plays second fiddle to the banter. The Sun
  • Since then, he has always played second fiddle. Times, Sunday Times
  • He was ably supported by his partner who was quite happy to play second fiddle, taking 47 balls for his five runs.
  • Ever since Trish had made it clear she was through playing second fiddle to his job, or what she called his obsession, and walked out, his social life had been so close to nonexistent that the difference hardly mattered. Gage Butler's Reckoning
  • The cheeky glove puppet fox hosts a variety and sketch show format - a procession of comic stooges play straight man and second fiddle to his antics.
  • IT'S not easy playing second fiddle. The Sun
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