Origin of second-rate
Related formssec·ond-rate·ness, nounsec·ond·rat·er, noun
Examples from the Web for second-rate
The place begins to feel like a second-rate Madame Tussauds.Pablo Escobar’s Private Prison Is Now Run by Monks for Senior Citizens|Jeff Campagna|June 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At a certain point, the Christie staffers begin to sound like characters in a second-rate Tarantino script.Is This the Beginning of the End for Chris Christie?|Jamelle Bouie|January 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Or did the poor guy have to read a second-rate novel or a false-sounding biography in his last hours on earth?
I used to be obsessed with the second-rate films of Alfred Hitchcock.
When Smith phoned the American Embassy in Rome to ask for assistance, he says the couple was treated like second-rate citizens.Abandoned Ship: New Book Details Honeymooners’ Costa Concordia Nightmare|Barbie Latza Nadeau|January 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Second-rate man Boswell may have been, as he himself so oft admits, yet as a biographer he stands first in the front rank.Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 5 (of 14)|Elbert Hubbard
Otherwise, to what use could these second-rate horses be put?
Let us see what these second-rate schemers make of it all, she said.The Angel of Pain|E. F. Benson
A pretty good culinary apple of second-rate quality; in use during October; but scarcely worth cultivation.British Pomology|Robert Hogg
Beatrix playing comedy was judged to be a second-rate actress.Beatrix|Honore de Balzac