take a back seat

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From take a seat and back seat

Verb[edit]

take a back seat

  1. (idiomatic) To be second to someone or something; to be less important or have a lower priority.
    "But as with most kids, politics took a backseat to daily life."My Life by Bill Clinton
    • 2017 January 14, “Thailand's new king rejects the army's proposed constitution”, in The Economist[1]:
      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.

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