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third best Line breaks: third best

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Definition of third best in English:


Good enough to be next after the second-best thing of the same type: the North’s third-best band
More example sentences
  • Team-mates Danny and Scott also just missed out on making the select team, being voted second-best stand-off and third-best second-row respectively.
  • In years to come, they will probably find out that international policy co-ordination is a matter of second-best and third-best solutions.
  • Ernie has been the second or third-best player in those six years, but really has never been close.


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A level that is less adequate or desirable than best and second best.
Example sentences
  • The region's average score at A-level was the third best in the country behind the South East and North West.
  • The top player in each game is awarded three points, the second best player two points, and the third best one point.
  • The university has climbed 23 places to 31st place in the rankings and is now rated as the third best in Yorkshire - overtaking Leeds and Hull.
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