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second string

The substitute players who replace the starters (or "first string") as a game goes on. A player on the second string is considered the second best player in that position. I'm only a freshman, so I'm thrilled to be second string. Just making the football team at all is exciting! Those guys need a breather—send in the second string.
See also: second, string
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When the Reds hammered the Swiss side 5-3 with a second string line-up back in September, Young Boys looked set to be Group A's whipping boys.