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Second fiddle   /sˈɛkənd fˈɪdəl/   Listen
Second fiddle

Someone who serves in a subordinate capacity or plays a secondary role.  Synonym: second banana.
A secondary role or function.

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"Second fiddle" Quotes from Famous Books

... much power he has over me, but he mustn't expect me to play second fiddle to his son. I am willing that Guy should enjoy as many privileges as I do, though the estate is mine; but he mustn't interfere with ...
— Hector's Inheritance - or The Boys of Smith Institute • Horatio Alger

... father's face Quincy knew that he was disappointed. The Hon. Nathaniel never liked "to play second fiddle." Quincy hastened to rectify his mistake. "We can put it the other way round, just as well. We'll come and see you before ...
— The Further Adventures of Quincy Adams Sawyer and Mason's Corner Folks • Charles Felton Pidgin

Words linked to "Second fiddle" :   underling, subsidiary, role, foot soldier, subordinate, part, office, function

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