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

First recorded in 1825–35
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British Dictionary definitions for second fiddle

second fiddle

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
a secondary status
a person who has a secondary status
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Other Idioms and Phrases with second fiddle

second fiddle

see play second fiddle.

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