second best


noun

the next to the best in performance, achievement, craftsmanship, etc.

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Origin of second best

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50

OTHER WORDS FROM second best

sec·ond-best, adjective
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Idioms and Phrases with second best

second best

Also, second class. Next after the first in rank or quality, inferior to the best, as in We aren't satisfied with being second best in sales, or This hotel is obviously second class. The first term dates from the first half of the 1400s, the variant from about 1800. Also see come off, def. 2; second class.

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