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second banana

noun, Informal.
a comic who supports the leading comedian, often as a straight man, especially in burlesque or vaudeville.
any person who plays a secondary role or serves in a subsidiary capacity.
Compare top banana.
Origin of second banana
First recorded in 1950-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Slang definitions & phrases for second banana

second banana

noun phrase

A supporting comedian: Who was second banana, Laurel or Hardy? (1940s+ Show business)

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top banana

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with second banana

second banana

see under top banana
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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