second-string

adjective
sec·​ond-string | \ˌse-kən(d)-ˈstriŋ, ˌse-kᵊŋ-\

Definition of second-string 

: being a substitute as distinguished from a regular (as on a ball team)

First Known Use of second-string

1922, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for second-string

from the reserve bowstring carried by an archer in case the first breaks

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second-string

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of second-string

sports : not used as one of the regular players on a team

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