Definition of second string in English:

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second string

Pronunciation: /ˌsɛkənd ˈstrɪŋ/


1 (often in phrase a second string to one's bow) An alternative resource or course of action in case another one fails: he was principally a batsman and bowling was the second string to his bow
More example sentences
  • Apparently he was particularly unhappy about the events of that night - of being second string in Kate's plans.
  • Taking a probiotic supplement is like bringing in a second string to protect us from the next competitors.
2(In sport) the second-choice players: Mimms will play in goal for City 's second string
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  • The coach was impressed, which I was happy about, and said I would be welcome on the second string for the next game.
  • Coaches often insert their second string when the game is in hand.
  • Do you know that in China they already have the second string players training for the 2008 Olympics?
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