Definition of second string in English:

second string

Syllabification: sec·ond string


  • 1(In sports) the players who are available to replace or relieve those who start a game: [as modifier]: the second-string quarterback
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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?
  • 2An alternative resource or course of action in case another one fails.
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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.



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  • We played the whole year with second-stringers, and we only had eight players.
  • The team that did show up, comprised mostly of second-stringers and unripened teen-agers, lost to Hapoel by two goals.
  • None of the second-stringers who came on made much of an impact.

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