Definition of second string in English:

second string

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  • 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
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    • 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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