second string


second string

noun

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

noun

  1. 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)
  2. a substitute or reserve player or team

adjective second-string mainly US and Canadian

  1. sport
    1. being a substitute player
    2. being the second-ranked player of a team in an individual sport
  2. second-rate or inferior

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