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second best

American English: /ˌsɛkən(d) ˈbɛst/


  • I've always been second best
    siempre he sido un segundón
    she wanted to be a doctor: for her, nursing is only second best
    quería ser médica: para ella la enfermería es solo una segunda alternativa
    my second-best result
    mi segundo mejor resultado
    Example sentences
    • 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.


  • to come off second best (to somebody)
    quedar en segundo puesto (después de alguien)


  • I was top of the class, he was the second best
    yo era el primero or mejor de la clase, él era el segundo
    he won't accept second best
    solo se conforma con lo mejor
    don't settle for second best: choose …
    no se conforme con menos or con algo inferior: elija …
    Example sentences
    • 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.
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