take a back seat


take a back seat

noun

  1. a seat at the rear.

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.

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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