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come off second best

To finish something, such as a contest or competition, in second place. Even though I'd spent weeks working on my project for the science fair, I still came off second best.
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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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The seven-year-old looked to be coming off second best in a protracted struggle with Silent Cracker but his rival made a horrendous blunder at the final fence, almost knocking Norman Williamson out of the saddle and handing the advantge back to Lord Esker and Joe Tizzard.
Fly With Me has been absent since coming off second best to arguably the Aga Khan's best stayer Vazirabad in the Group 2 Prix Vicomtesse Vigier at Saint-Cloud in May.
Found, tackling a mile and a quarter for the first time, is a proven Group 1 filly, having finished a half-length off Thursday's Yorkshire Oaks heroine Pleascach in the Irish 1,000 Guineas before coming off second best to French filly Ervedya in the Coronation Stakes in Royal Ascot.
Keith Watson was then forced off with a nasty looking cut to the head after coming off second best with David Silva.
His reward was a first league start of the campaign at Villa Park but after coming off second best in a tackle with Warnock he was replaced by Seamus Coleman 20 minutes from time.
With Ian Poulter coming off second best to Westwood just as he did in practice on Tuesday, last season's European Tour No 1 marched four clear of the field by going to the turn in a superb 33 and then making a curling 18-footer for his fourth birdie of the day at the 10th.
The England under-21 international was stretchered off against Chelsea on Saturday after coming off second best in a challenge with Michael Essien.
If we don't, we run the risk of coming off second best, " he added.
The seven-year-old has been well tested since switching to the bigger obstacles this season, running into subsequent Grade Two winner Turko on his debut at Aintree before coming off second best to recent winner Heez A Dreamer at Uttoxeter.
Coming off second best at the tackle area was the key factor in Wales' hefty Twickenham defeat.
The expensive buy made an eyecatching racecourse debut over tomorrow's seven furlongs at the Midlands track last month, when coming off second best to Mark Johnston's Atlantic Waves.
Veteran Noade made the announcement after coming off second best in a warm-up bout in Barcelona on Sunday.
After coming off second best at half-time, the Mariners stormed into a twogoal lead within seven minutes of the restart.
He was coming off second best to Stilletto, who fell, up the home straight and Unique De Cotte was going particularly well before being badly hampered three out.
He finished strongly when second to the classy Tandem over this course and distance before coming off second best against Egyptian Warrior.