next best

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of next best

used to refer to a person or thing that is not as good as the best but is better than all others.
  • The shortstop is the best player on the team, and the catcher is the next best player.
  • We can't see each other often, but calling each other on the telephone is the next best thing.

Word by Word Definitions

next play
  1. : immediately adjacent (as in place, rank, or time)

  2. : any other considered hypothetically

  1. : nearest or adjacent to

  1. : in the time, place, or order nearest or immediately succeeding

  2. : on the first occasion to come

  1. : one that is next

best play
  1. : superlative of good

  2. : excelling all others

  3. : most productive of good : offering or producing the greatest advantage, utility, or satisfaction

  1. : superlative of well

  2. : in the best (see 1best) way : to greatest advantage

  3. : most

  1. : the best (see 1best) state or part

  2. : one that is best

  3. : the greatest degree of good or excellence

  1. : to get the better of : outdo

  1. : had best (see 2best 1)


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