second-string

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English[edit]

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Adjective[edit]

second-string (not comparable)

  1. belonging to the second string of a team
  2. substitute or replacement
  3. second most important
    • 2011 December 7, Phil McNulty, “Man City 2 - 0 Bayern Munich”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Having worked so hard to reach the Champions League, elimination will be a bitter blow for Mancini and City as they join neighbours United in Europe's second-string competition.