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Of inferior or mediocre quality or value.

sec′ond-rate′ness n.
sec′ond-rat′er n.
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Noun1.second-rater - a person of second-rate ability or value; "a team of aging second-raters"; "shone among the mediocrities who surrounded him"
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
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The greatest portrait painters have painted both, man and the intention of his soul; Rembrandt and El Greco; it's only the second-raters who've only painted man.
Newly released letters from the BBC archives have revealed that Enid Blyton was banned for 30 years by the corporation, which regarded her as a second-rater whose work lacked literary value.
Listen to Meade on the subject of a fascinating, complex, second-rater like Mallet Stevens, listen to Fox on the subject of Latino supermarkets in East Houston, think again about the significance of Smithers coming from Melbourne (not Sydney, you see).
But Galand disarms criticism and comparison by cheerfully claiming, with more than the customary |deprecatio of writers, that he is a second-rater: |I spread my poor goods in front of my brothers ...
CHILDREN'S author Enid Blyton was banned from the BBC for nearly 30 years because she was thought a "second-rater" whose work "lacked literary value".
IT'S now necessary for the next appointment at Aston Villa to be the right type of person - not another second-rater who's cheap or has failed with other clubs in the past.
But the boy from Stoke has let us down with this one: Definitely a second-rater, and no amount of macho prancing around showing his chest hair will make it any better.
FAMOUS Five writer Enid Blyton was banned from the BBC for nearly 30 years because bosses thought she was a "second-rater".
This second-rater demanding more respect for MPs is akin to Wayne Rooney complaining about f***ing swearing.
So did Ray Parlour's transition from boozy second-rater into Cup Final match winner.
WONDER CATCH: Graham Thorpe removes Salim Elahi; SEAMAN: Second-rater
Headley, 32, said he was fed up being told what to do and being treated like a second-rater.