second-string

adjective
sec·​ond-string | \ ˌse-kən(d)-ˈstriŋ How to pronounce second-string (audio) , 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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The first known use of second-string was in 1922

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“Second-string.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/second-string. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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second-string

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of second-string

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

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