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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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However, Aarons is now on crutches after coming off second best after a challenge in training.
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Found, tackling a mile and a quarter for the first time, is a proven Group 1 filly, having finished a half-length off Thursday's Yorkshire Oaks heroine Pleascach in the Irish 1,000 Guineas before coming off second best to French filly Ervedya in the Coronation Stakes in Royal Ascot.
Under the current system, the drivers say, they end up coming off second best and have fines deducted from their wages.
WALES centre Jamie Roberts revealed that coming off second best to England two years ago simply wasn't an option for Warren Gatland's men.
It was the lone Scots victory on the second day of the meeting with Laura Muir coming off second best to Laura Weightman in the 1500m.
With long-time adversary Perri Shakes-Drayton sidelined, the 27-year-old is red-hot favourite to land her first British title when she speeds into action at the UK Championships in Birmingham today after coming off second best in the last three editions.
v Castleford Today, 3pm, While Saints were going down at the DW Stadium, Castleford were coming off second best in their own local derby against Wakefield.
Despite coming off second best to the Nicholls-Walsh team yet again, Long Run was not disgraced in finishing second and trainer Nicky Henderson was far from despondent.
THEIR men may have spectacularly crashed out of Euro 2012 after coming off second best in yet another penalty shoot-out, yet we've barely heard a whimper out of our favourite England WAGs.
What is indisputable is that Murray has so far had his best season at the grand slams, reaching the final at the Australian Open before losing to Djokovic in his invincible phase and coming off second best against Nadal in the semi-finals of both the French Open and Wimbledon.