number two

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number two (countable and uncountable, plural number twos)

  1. (euphemistic, usually childish) Feces; the act of defecation.
    I need to go number two.
    • 1953, Samuel Beckett, Watt
      He might have got up, without the bell's sounding, to do his number one, or number two, in his great big white chamber-pot.
  2. (nautical, slang) A first mate.
  3. A primary assistant; vice-leader.
    After she had shown great promise over the last 10 years, he made her his number two.
    • 1977, Nixon interviews, OCLC 3803704, spoken by Richard Nixon:
      We were meeting in the Oval Office and I saw the morning news report and I just happened casually to mention to George I says- 'Well I'll betcha that President Johnson is gonna be real pleased when he finds that now they are calling me the number one bomber.' And George Christian said 'Oh don't be too sure.' He says, 'You know LBJ- he never likes to be number two.'
  4. (cricket) The batsman who opens alongside the number one, but does not face the first delivery.
  5. (theater) A somewhat small town, between a number one and a number three, where the success of a theatrical performance is unlikely to be very great.


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