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.
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