always the bridesmaid, never the bride

always the bridesmaid, never the bride

used to talk about someone who is never the most important person in a situation Huw worked with a host of great actors, but somehow was always the bridesmaid, never the bride.
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Some may say Liverpool, always the bridesmaid, never the bride.
Clark was always the bridesmaid, never the bride on the PGA Tour, with eight second-place finishes, but you never would have guessed as he held his nerve to come home one shot ahead of good friend Robert Allenby.
KATHERINE Heigl is always the bridesmaid, never the bride in 27 DRESSES (12).
For far too long the people of this city have meekly accepted the 'Second City' label and have been treated as second class, second rate, always the bridesmaid, never the bride.
IT is a case of always the bridesmaid, never the bride for Liverpool's Jenny Clague.
TIPPERARY's hurlers yesterday shed the unwanted label of always the bridesmaid, never the bride.