Definition of take a back seat in English:

take a back seat

Take or be given a less important position or role: in future he would take a back seat in politics
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  • Yet the majority of the book emphasizes dinosaur osteology, systematics, and the fossil record; paleobiology takes a back seat to this important foundation.
  • But she piled on the pounds after the birth of her son, George, nine months ago and singing took a back seat as her confidence dwindled.
  • The role of the citizen is taking a back seat to decisions being made about our communities and the environment.
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