second banana


Definition of second banana

: a comedian who plays a supporting role to a top banana broadly : a person in a subservient position

Examples of second banana in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The First Amendment, in other words, was the second banana. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 13 May 2022 And what’s left to say about his turn as Chris Shiherlis, the romantic second banana to Robert De Niro’s master thief in Heat? Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 6 Aug. 2021 But the future and present are colliding into a world in which fans get a sneak peek at what Porter can do as the second banana on a playoff team. Tom Rende, Forbes, 1 June 2021 The endless spins of the wheel as the media play Veepstakes Roulette obscure certain lasting truths surrounding the search for a second banana. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 27 Apr. 2020 Russell Westbrook got traded to become his former sixth man’s second banana. Rohan Nadkarni,, 14 Aug. 2019 Brad Pitt, meanwhile, gives a pained but amusing performance as second banana Cliff Booth, Dalton’s former stuntman who now mostly just drives him around and cares for his house. Travis M. Andrews, Washington Post, 30 July 2019 But the Joker has never been one to play second banana, and any mastermind who leaves him out of their grand plans usually ends up paying the price. Christian Holub,, 12 July 2019 For Jared Paul Stern, who at the time was second banana at the Post’s influential Page Six column, the ancillary business was fashion design. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, 11 Apr. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of second banana

1953, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of second banana was in 1953

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19 May 2022

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“Second banana.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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