When Smith phoned the American Embassy in Rome to ask for assistance, he says the couple was treated like second-rate citizens.
Or did the poor guy have to read a second-rate novel or a false-sounding biography in his last hours on earth?
As you gain entrée into desired enclaves, you realize how second-rate some inner circles can be.
The place begins to feel like a second-rate Madame Tussauds.
At a certain point, the Christie staffers begin to sound like characters in a second-rate Tarantino script.
Neither France nor any other could henceforth taunt her with being a second-rate power.
It is strange how Dante has been left to second-rate interpreters!
Except for the fortified tower it looks like a second-rate caravanserai.
Obviously, here in America we have a sympathetic tolerance for the "second-rate."
But, my dear chap, its absurd to act according to an unrealisable ideal in a world that's satisfied with the second-rate.