second fiddle


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second fiddle

n. Informal
1. A secondary role.
2. One who plays a secondary role.

second fiddle

n
1. (Classical Music)
a. the second violin in a string quartet or one of the second violins in an orchestra
b. the musical part assigned to such an instrument
2. a secondary status
3. a person who has a secondary status

sec′ond fid′dle


n.
a person serving in a subsidiary capacity.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.second fiddle - someone who serves in a subordinate capacity or plays a secondary role
subordinate, subsidiary, underling, foot soldier - an assistant subject to the authority or control of another
2.second fiddle - a secondary role or function; "he hated to play second fiddle to anyone"
role, function, office, part - the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group; "the function of a teacher"; "the government must do its part"; "play its role"
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Nicholson was ambitious for his family (in which, and the Disruption Principles, he entirely lived), and he hated to see a son of his play second fiddle to an idler.
He was no gentle lamb, and the part of second fiddle would never do for the high-pitched dominance of his nature.
No, I don't like being second fiddle," answered Peg with a crafty smile.
92 seconds in the T35 100m final but, in a repeat of the 200m, played second fiddle to Australia's Isis Holt who broke the world mark with a run of 13.
Hurling always plays second fiddle and it was disrespected.
Max, though, plays second fiddle to Charlize Theron's magnificent Imperator Furiosa, who helps a group of female prisoners and drags Hardy's drifter into her plans.
Xabi is in a similar situation, where he will play second fiddle to new signing Toni Kroos for the coming campaign.
Reliable' Siddle has been the highest wicket-taker under Clarke's captaincy, with 114 at 28 in 31 Tests, and had played 19 Tests on the trot, however, he has increasingly become second fiddle to Johnson and Harris and was 'losing his wheels'.
Ronaldo has won the award once before, back in 2008 while at Manchester United, but since then he has had to play second fiddle to Messi in the voting, finishing runner-up three times as the Argentinian claimed the crown four times.
Verdict Gold Cup runner-up Sir Des Champs lost out to Flemenstar in a virtual match for this last season and while he doesn't have that rival to contend with here, he may play second fiddle again.
The toughest part to play in the orchestra of life is second fiddle.
Yet based on the political buzz, he's playing second fiddle to a relative newcomer, Tea Party favorite and conservative darling Ted Cruz.

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