Definition of second best in English:

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second best



Next after the best: his second-best suit
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  • So as noted, being on call Thanksgiving is the second-best scenario.
  • The second-best luck is to have bought a house in Vancouver or Toronto 40, 50, 60 years ago.
  • Majority rule is a second-best solution: Less than half the voters are denied their preferences.


A less adequate or less desirable alternative: he would have to settle for second best
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  • In routine ways, we are mostly happy to settle for the second best or intellectual handouts.
  • Now, I favor second bests in many situations, but first you have to show that the best isn't feasible.
  • If we can't find the exact time, then the time it was first reported is a good second best.


come off second best

Be defeated in a competition: the team came off second best in a seven goal match
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  • But gutsy Roscommon showed they had no intention of coming off second best to the side that lost last year's All Ireland final after a replay.
  • In all the outfield exchanges, Mount Sion were coming off second best but the Waterford champions were thrown a lifeline in the ninth minute.
  • Veteran Noade made the announcement after coming off second best in a warm-up bout in Barcelona last week.
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