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- (idiomatic) To adopt a position of noninvolvement.
- The new chairman is happy to take a back seat when it comes to day-to-day operations.
- (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.
- 2004, My Life by Bill Clinton
- But as with most kids, politics took a backseat to daily life.