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second best

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

sec′ond-best′ adj.
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second-best

adj
1. next to the best
2. come off second best informal to be defeated in competition
n
an inferior alternative
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.second-best - next to the best; "his second-best bed"
best - (superlative of `good') having the most positive qualities; "the best film of the year"; "the best solution"; "the best time for planting"; "wore his best suit"
Adv.1.second-best - in second place; "he came off second-best"
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Translations

second-best

[ˈsekəndˈbest]
A. Nsegundo m
B. ADV to come off second-bestquedar en segundo lugar
C. ADJsegundo
our second-best carnuestro coche número dos
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second-best

[ˌsɛkndˈbɛst]
1. nripiego
as a second-best → in mancanza di meglio
2. adv to come off second-bestavere la peggio
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second1

(ˈsekənd) adjective
1. next after, or following, the first in time, place etc. February is the second month of the year; She finished the race in second place.
2. additional or extra. a second house in the country.
3. lesser in importance, quality etc. She's a member of the school's second swimming team.
adverb
next after the first. He came second in the race.
noun
1. a second person, thing etc. You're the second to arrive.
2. a person who supports and helps a person who is fighting in a boxing match etc.
verb
to agree with (something said by a previous speaker), especially to do so formally. He proposed the motion and I seconded it.
ˈsecondary adjective
1. coming after, and at a more advanced level than, primary. secondary education.
2. lesser in importance. a matter of secondary importance.
nounplural ˈsecondaries
a secondary school.
ˈseconder noun
a person who seconds.
ˈsecondly adverb
in the second place. I have two reasons for not buying the house – firstly, it's too big, and secondly it's too far from town.
secondary colours
colours got by mixing primary colours. Orange and purple are secondary colours.
secondary school
a school where subjects are taught at a more advanced level than at primary school.
ˌsecond-ˈbest noun, adjective
next after the best; not the best. She wore her second-best hat; I want your best work – your second-best is not good enough.
ˌsecond-ˈclass adjective
1. of or in the class next after or below the first; not of the very best quality. a second-class restaurant; He gained a second-class honours degree in French.
2. (for) travelling in a part of a train etc that is not as comfortable or luxurious as some other part. a second-class passenger; His ticket is second-class; (also adverb) I'll be travelling second-class.
ˌsecond-ˈhand adjective
previously used by someone else. second-hand clothes.
second lieutenant
a person of the rank below lieutenant. Second Lieutenant Jones.
ˌsecond-ˈrate adjective
inferior. The play was pretty second-rate.
second sight
the power of seeing into the future or into other mysteries. They asked a woman with second sight where the dead body was.
second thoughts
a change of opinion, decision etc. I'm having second thoughts about selling the piano.
at second hand
through or from another person. I heard the news at second hand.
come off second best
to be the loser in a struggle. That cat always comes off second best in a fight.
every second week/month etc
(on or during) alternate weeks, months etc. He comes in every second day.
second to none
better than every other of the same type. As a portrait painter, he is second to none.
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References in classic literature ?
"I thought," she continued, "that it was just the other way about; that it was presence and not absence that made the heart of man grow fonder, and that if a man's best girl, so to say, was away, he was able to make himself very comfortable with his second-best!"
Seated within the glittering throne was General Jinjur, with the Scarecrow's second-best crown upon her head, and the royal sceptre in her right hand.
As a result just after Marilla had driven off to Carmody, Diana came over, dressed in HER second-best dress and looking exactly as it is proper to look when asked out to tea.
According to due formality, the Disinherited Knight was to be considered as leader of the one body, while Brian de Bois-Guilbert, who had been rated as having done second-best in the preceding day, was named first champion of the other band.
He had no second-best suit that was presentable, and though he could go to the butcher and the baker, and even on occasion to his sister's, it was beyond all daring to dream of entering the Morse home so disreputably apparelled.
"The Command Hospital Air Force Bengaluru and Command Hospital Central Command Lucknow have been adjudged the Best and the Second-Best Command Hospital respectively," tweeted official handle of Office of the Raksha Mantri.
The Golden Tigresses' talisman was a wrecking ball of pure energy finishing as the league's top scorer amassing a total of 259 points during the eliminations to lead UST to a second-best 10-4 record en route to its first finals series in eight years.
5 Test wins for Pakistan at Lord's, which is joint second-best for any team, after Australia's 17.
Curry is averaging 27.9 points a game, the second-best rank in his nine NBA campaigns.
HUDDERSFIELD Town head coach David Wagner admitted his side were second-best all over the pitch at Craven Cottage.
Warnock (above) said: "We were second-best in a lot of areas but we were not second-best in what we had under our shirts.
She finished second-best to a race-fit Fly With Me on her first try at this trip in the Prix de Barbeville in April but made no mistake when defeating Launched on the Bastille Day undercard at Saint-Cloud.