second-rate

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second-rate (plural second-rates)

  1. (military, nautical, historical) a British ship-of-the-line sail warship that has 90 to 98 guns dispersed onto 3 gundecks.

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second-rate (comparative more second-rate, superlative most second-rate)

  1. Of mediocre quality, not first class.
    They are intrigued by Mrs Deelville; she is dowdy, languid-voiced, and ill-dressed, in every way appearing second-rate, who nonethless - rather tiresomely - seems to have the knack of attracting men. - Rudyard Kipling A Second-rate Woman 1888

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