come off second best


come off second best
come off second best
to be second to someone or something; to get the poorer end of a bargain. •

As usual, he came off second best with a little less prize money than the winner.

I don't want to come off second best again.

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{v. phr.} To not win first but only second, third, etc. place. * /Our home team came off second best against the visitors./ * /Sue complains that she always comes off second best when she has a disagreement with her husband./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • come off second best — {v. phr.} To not win first but only second, third, etc. place. * /Our home team came off second best against the visitors./ * /Sue complains that she always comes off second best when she has a disagreement with her husband./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • come off second best — be defeated in a competition * * * come off second best chiefly Brit : to finish in second place : to fail to win Our team came off second best. • • • Main Entry: ↑second best …   Useful english dictionary

  • come off second best — to be beaten in a competition or an argument. I ve given up arguing with my big brother because I always come off second best …   New idioms dictionary

  • come\ off\ second\ best — v. phr. To not win first but only second, third, etc. place. Our home team came off second best against the visitors. Sue complains that she always comes off second best when she has a disagreement with her husband …   Словарь американских идиом

  • come off second best — finish in second place (in a competition) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • second best — second best1 n [U] something that you have to accept which is not perfect or not the best ▪ I m not going to settle for second best . second best 2 .second best2 adj [only before noun] not quite as good as the best one ▪ Allie was the second best …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • second best — adj. to come off second best * * * [ˌsekənd best] to come off second best …   Combinatory dictionary

  • second best — /sɛkənd ˈbɛst/ (say sekuhnd best) noun 1. an item, especially of clothing, of good value but not one s best: to wear one s second best. 2. a share of whatever is regarded as valuable, enriching, etc., which is less than the best: to put up with… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Second Stadtholderless Period — The Second Stadtholderless Period or Era ( nl. Tweede Stadhouderloze Tijdperk) is the designation in Dutch historiography of the period between the death of stadtholder William III on March 19 [This is the date from the Gregorian calendar that… …   Wikipedia

  • come — [kum] vi. came, come, coming [ME comen < OE cuman, akin to Goth qiman, Ger kommen < IE base * gwem , *gwā , to go, come > L venire, to come, Gr bainein, to go] 1. to move from a place thought of as “there” to or into a place thought of… …   English World dictionary


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