second string


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second string

n.
The group of players that substitute for the starting players or from which substitute players are drawn on a sports team.

sec′ond-string′ adj.
sec′ond-string′er (-strĭng′ər) n.

second string

n
1. chiefly Brit an alternative course of action, etc, intended to come into use should the first fail (esp in the phrase a second string to one's bow)
2. (General Sporting Terms) a substitute or reserve player or team
adj
3. (General Sporting Terms) sport
a. being a substitute player
b. being the second-ranked player of a team in an individual sport
4. second-rate or inferior

sec′ond string′


n.
the squad of players available either individually or as a team to replace or relieve those who start a game.
[1635–45 in sense “backup, resort,” alluding to a second bowstring]
sec′ond-string′, adj.
sec′ond-string′er, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.second string - a squad of players that are available either individually or as a team to relieve or replace the players who started the game
team, squad - a cooperative unit (especially in sports)
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