second fiddle

Other forms: second fiddles

Definitions of second fiddle
  1. noun
    a secondary role or function
    “he hated to play second fiddle to anyone”
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    type of:
    function, office, part, role
    the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group
  2. noun
    someone who serves in a subordinate capacity or plays a secondary role
    synonyms: second banana
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    type of:
    foot soldier, subordinate, subsidiary, underling
    an assistant subject to the authority or control of another
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