second-string
adjective Etymology: from the reserve bowstring carried by an archer in case the first breaks Date: 1922 being a substitute as distinguished from a regular (as on a ball team)

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  • second-string — adjective AMERICAN in sports, second string players are used only if the best players are not available: a second string quarterback …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • second-string — [sek′əndstriŋ′] adj. Informal 1. Sports that is the second or a substitute choice for play at the specified position 2. subordinate or inferior in rank, importance, etc. second stringer n. * * * See second string …   Universalium

  • second string — Ⅰ. second string ► NOUN ▪ an alternative resource or course of action in case another one fails. Ⅱ. ► second string a reserve team or player. Main Entry: ↑string …   English terms dictionary

  • second-string — adj [only before noun] not regularly part of a team, group etc, but sometimes taking someone else s place in it ▪ the Vikings second string quarterback …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • second string — second string, adj. second stringer, n. 1. Sports. the squad of players available either individually or as a team to replace or relieve those who start a game. 2. a secondary position, status, or group, as in a level of corporate management.… …   Universalium

  • second-string — [sek′əndstriŋ′] adj. Informal 1. Sports that is the second or a substitute choice for play at the specified position 2. subordinate or inferior in rank, importance, etc. second stringer n …   English World dictionary

  • second-string — adjective being a replacement or substitute for a regular member of a team a second string pitcher • Similar to: ↑secondary * * * | ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ adjective Etymology: from the phrase second string …   Useful english dictionary

  • second string — also second string N SING: oft N n If you describe a person or thing as someone s second string, you mean that they are only used if another person or thing is not available. ...a second string team. ...her second string horse …   English dictionary

  • second string —    A reference to a football or other team player who is a substitute rather than a regular first team player.    The term derives from archery, and the reserve bow string carried by an archer. ‘Second string’ occurs as a vocative in North Dallas …   A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

  • second string — noun a squad of players that are available either individually or as a team to relieve or replace the players who started the game • Hypernyms: ↑team, ↑squad * * * ˌsecond ˈstring ; noun • Wilson was a second string for New Zealand in last …   Useful english dictionary

  • second string — adjective a) Not as good; of a lower quality or condition. I got a new pair of shoes, so I think Ill use the old, second string pair in my garden. b) In sports, a unit of players that plays behind the first string. Syn: junior varsity …   Wiktionary

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