second best

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second best

One that is next to the best.
Next to the best.

sec′ond-best′ adj.

sec′ond best′

a person or thing that is next after the best.
sec′ond-best′, adj.
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Noun1.second best - the competitor who finishes second
challenger, competitor, contender, rival, competition - the contestant you hope to defeat; "he had respect for his rivals"; "he wanted to know what the competition was doing"
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Sixth to Zarkandar in the JCB Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham in March, Sailors Warn came off second best against the classy Unaccompanied at Naas last time.
I went in for a shoulder challenge with him and I lost and came off second best big time.
Fletcher came off second best two seasons ago when Hleb inspired the Germans to a 2-1 home win over United.