second-stringer

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Etymology[edit]

second string +‎ -er

Noun[edit]

second-stringer (plural second-stringers)

  1. A person who plays second string. A person who is kept on a sports team as a backup in case a "first-string" player is unavailable.
  2. A person who is not good enough to be considered proficient but may be useful as a backup.