second-best
adjective Date: 14th century next to the best

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  • second best — second best1 n [U] something that you have to accept which is not perfect or not the best ▪ I m not going to settle for second best . second best 2 .second best2 adj [only before noun] not quite as good as the best one ▪ Allie was the second best …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • second best — noun singular or uncount someone or something that is not what you wanted or is not as good as others: Arthur will have to accept the fact that he may have to settle for second best. a. someone or something that comes directly after the best in… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • second best — n. something next in quality below the first; something next to the best second best adj …   English World dictionary

  • second best — second best, adj. the next to the best in performance, achievement, craftsmanship, etc. [1400 50; late ME] * * * …   Universalium

  • second best — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ next after the best. ► NOUN ▪ a less adequate or less desirable alternative …   English terms dictionary

  • second best — index poor (inferior in quality) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • second best — also second best 1) ADJ: usu ADJ n Second best is used to describe something that is not as good as the best thing of its kind but is better than all the other things of that kind. He put on his second best suit... We polished and wore our second …   English dictionary

  • second\ best — I. noun Something that is lower than or not quite as good as the best. Tom liked the deluxe model bicycle; but he could afford only a second best. Joan chose the best and Mary had to take the second best. There were ten boys in the race. Jack won …   Словарь американских идиом

  • second-best — {adj.} Next to best; second in rank. * /Mary wore her second best dress./ * /Bob was the second best player on the team./ * / I am the second best student in this school because I was second best in the Milwaukee competition. / …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • second-best — {adj.} Next to best; second in rank. * /Mary wore her second best dress./ * /Bob was the second best player on the team./ * / I am the second best student in this school because I was second best in the Milwaukee competition. / …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • second-best — adj Next to best; second in rank. Mary wore her second best dress. Bob was the second best player on the team. I am the second best student in this school because I was second best in the Milwaukee competition …   Словарь американских идиом

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