Definition of second line in English:

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second line

noun

1 [usually as modifier] A medical treatment or therapy used in support of another, or as a more drastic measure if the primary treatment is ineffective: second-line, expensive, often invasive tests
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  • Another review of several case studies recommended oral and topical retinoids as second-line therapy for the treatment of flat warts.
  • No ideal second-line treatment has been established if the initial therapy fails to eradicate the organism.
  • These differences in second-line therapy may account for some part of the observed difference in survival.
2A battle line behind the front line to support it and make good its losses.
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  • He tried to form a second line but Allied cavalry swept him away: by dawn on the 24th only about half his army was intact.
  • Badrand smiled as with a huge crash, his second line joined the battle.
  • Men in the first line fought until they were killed or wounded and then men from the second line would move up to fill the space.
3 [as modifier] Ranking second in strength, effectiveness, ability, or value: the clutch of second-line U.S. computer manufacturers
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  • We have also had strong performances from some second-line stocks including Kingspan and Grafton Group.
  • But the working musicians who populate the neighborhood clubs, second-line parades and jazz brunches, are more vulnerable, often living gig to gig.
  • Fortunately their second-line bowlers were nowhere near as good.

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Syllabification: sec·ond line

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