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second-in-command Syllabification: sec·ond-in-com·mand

Definition of second-in-command in English:


The officer next in authority to the commanding or chief officer.
Example sentences
  • He and his second in command then abandoned their army, leaving Grant's friend Buckner to surrender to him.
  • It is difficult to see Robinson as anything other than a second in command, a loyal lieutenant who fulfils his master's wishes.
  • I was still looking shocked as I dialed a phone number, not Stallings, but his second in command.
deputy, number two, subordinate, right-hand man/woman, second;

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