backseat

[bak-seet]
Idioms
  1. take a backseat, to occupy a secondary or inferior position: Her writing has taken a backseat because of other demands on her time.

Origin of backseat

First recorded in 1825–35
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Idioms and Phrases with take a back seat

take a back seat

Occupy an inferior position; allow another to be in control. For example, Linda was content to take a back seat and let Nancy run the meeting. This idiom uses back seat in contrast to the driver's seat, that is, the one in control. [Mid-1800s]

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