take a back seat
Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
- (idiomatic) To be second to someone or something; to be less important or have a lower priority.
2017 January 14, “Thailand's new king rejects the army's proposed constitution”, in The Economist:
- The bluntness of King Vajiralongkorn's intervention—and the determination it reveals to resist relatively small checks on royal power—is both a snub to the junta and a worry for democrats, some of whom had dared hope that the new king might be happy to take a back seat in public life.