second fiddle
noun Date: 1809 one that plays a supporting or subservient role

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • second fiddle — n. the part played by the second violin section of an orchestra or by the second violin of a quartet, etc. play second fiddle or be second fiddle to have secondary status, as in the affection or attention of another …   English World dictionary

  • Second Fiddle — is the title of several films including:* Second Fiddle (1939 film) * Second Fiddle (1957 film) …   Wikipedia

  • Second Fiddle — Filmdaten Originaltitel Second Fiddle (auch: Irving Berlin’s Second Fiddle) Produktionsland USA …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • second fiddle — noun a) A fiddle part in harmony to the first fiddle. The second fiddle on that tune is almost as hard as the first fiddle. b) The person playing second fiddle. Ive been second fiddle in that band for ten years now. See Also: fiddle …   Wiktionary

  • second fiddle — /sɛkənd ˈfɪdl/ (say sekuhnd fidl) noun 1. (in a musical score) the part written to be played by the second violin, or by the second group of violinists. 2. someone who plays such a part. –phrase 3. play second fiddle, to take a minor or secondary …   Australian English dictionary

  • second fiddle — n. a person in a secondary role; the second best. (Frequently with play.) □ I won’t stay around here playing second fiddle for someone half my age and ability! □ There are worse things than being second fiddle …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • second fiddle — n. subordinate role to play second fiddle to * * * [ subordinate role ] to play second fiddle to …   Combinatory dictionary

  • second fiddle — noun 1. someone who serves in a subordinate capacity or plays a secondary role • Syn: ↑second banana • Hypernyms: ↑subordinate, ↑subsidiary, ↑underling, ↑foot soldier 2. a secondary role or function …   Useful english dictionary

  • second fiddle — 1. a secondary role: to play second fiddle to another person. 2. a person serving in a subsidiary capacity, esp. to one immediately superior. [1825 35] * * * …   Universalium

  • second fiddle — See play second fiddle …   English idioms

  • second fiddle — Synonyms and related words: back seat, cog, commonality, commonalty, creature, flunky, follower, hoi polloi, humbleness, humility, inferior, inferiority, junior, juniority, lightweight, lower class, lower orders, lowliness, masses, minority, pawn …   Moby Thesaurus

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