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noun
Sports. the squad of players available either individually or as a team to replace or relieve those who start a game.
a secondary position, status, or group, as in a level of corporate management.
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Origin of second string

1635–45 in sense “backup, resort,” alluding to a second bowstring; 1860–65, applied to racehorses; 1950–55, to sports teams

OTHER WORDS FROM second string

second-string, adjectivesecond-stringer, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for second string

second string

noun
mainly British an alternative course of action, etc, intended to come into use should the first fail (esp in the phrase a second string to one's bow)
a substitute or reserve player or team
adjective second-string mainly US and Canadian
sport
  1. being a substitute player
  2. being the second-ranked player of a team in an individual sport
second-rate or inferior
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