second fiddle

second fiddle


  1. a secondary role: to play second fiddle to another person.
  2. a person serving in a subsidiary capacity, especially to one immediately superior.

noun informal

    1. the second violin in a string quartet or one of the second violins in an orchestra
    2. the musical part assigned to such an instrument
  1. a secondary status
  2. a person who has a secondary status

see play second fiddle.

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