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second best

Someone or something that is inferior to someone or something else. Even though I'd spent weeks working on my project for the science fair, I still came off second best.
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second best

Also, second class. Next after the first in rank or quality, inferior to the best, as in We aren't satisfied with being second best in sales, or This hotel is obviously second class. The first term dates from the first half of the 1400s, the variant from about 1800. Also see come off, def. 2; second class.
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ˌsecond ˈbest

not as good as the best; not exactly what you want: The two teams seemed evenly matched, but Arsenal came off second best (= did not win).Sometimes you have to settle for (= be content with) second best.
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