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play second fiddle

Definition of play second fiddle

  1. :  to have a less important position or status than someone or something else :  to be regarded or treated as less important <a former star athlete who is not happy to play second fiddle as he nears the end of his career> —often + to <He's not happy to play second fiddle to the younger players on the team.>



Word by Word Definitions

playplay
  1. :  swordplay

    :  game, sport

    :  the conduct, course, or action of a game

  1. :  to engage in sport or recreation :  frolic

    :  to have sexual relations

    :  to move aimlessly about :  trifle

secondplay
  1. :  next to the first in place or time

    :  next to the first in value, excellence, or degree

    :  inferior, subordinate

  1. :  one that is next after the first in rank, position, authority, or precedence

    :  one that assists or supports another

    :  the assistant of a duelist or boxer

  1. :  the 60th part of a minute of angular measure

    :  the 60th part of a minute of time :  1/86,400 part of the mean solar day

    :  the base unit of time in the International System of Units that is equal to the duration of 9,192,631,770 periods of the radiation corresponding to the transition between the two hyperfine levels of the ground state of the cesium-133 atom

  1. :  to give support or encouragement to :  assist

    :  to support (a fighting person or group) in combat :  bring up reinforcements for

    :  to support or assist in contention or debate

fiddleplay
  1. :  violin

    :  a device (as a slat, rack, or light railing) to keep objects from sliding off a table aboard ship

    :  fiddlesticks

  1. :  to play on a fiddle

    :  to move the hands or fingers restlessly

    :  to spend time in aimless or fruitless activity :  putter, tinker


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