second–string

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

Definition of second–string

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

Origin and Etymology of second–string

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


First Known Use: 1922


SECOND–STRING Defined for English Language Learners

second–string

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

Definition of second–string for English Language Learners

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


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