in the second place

idiom

used when listing the most important parts of something or the most important reasons for something
I'm not going to tell you because, in the first place, it's none of your business, and in the second place, you would tell everyone else.

Examples of in the second place in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tokyo is joined on the list by Seoul in the second place spot, followed by Halong Bay, Vietnam in third; Palawan Island, Philippines in fourth; and Sapa, Vietnam rounding out the top five. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 16 Jan. 2024 So there's a little movement around there, around Gov. DeSantis in the second place race. Asher Notheis, Washington Examiner, 24 July 2023 In the first place, dealing with the competition with China in the Far East and across the Pacific Ocean; in the second place is Russia, where the U.S. expects NATO and European countries to lead the fight against Russia with direct and indirect aid to Ukraine. Benjamin Weinthal, Fox News, 25 Apr. 2023

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“In the second place.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/in%20the%20second%20place. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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