take a backseat
take a backseat (to someone or something)
Fig. to become less important than someone or something else. My homework had to take a backseat to football during the playoffs. Jimmy always took a backseat to his older brother, Bill, until Bill went away to college.
take a backseat (to somebody)
to let someone else deal with something I was happy to take a backseat and let my brother deal with the family crisis.
Etymology: based on the idea of sitting in the backseat of a car and letting someone else drive
take a backseat (to something)
to be considered to be less important than something else For many kids, homework takes a backseat to sports.