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bit player

1. An actor with a small or insignificant part in a performance. I've been a professional actor for a few years now, but I've only been able to find work as a bit player in a couple of television shows.
2. By extension, a person with a minor, unimportant, or unimpressive role in something. This business is full of bit players who never advance in their careers.
See also: bit, player

team player someone

who works well with the group; someone who is loyal to the group. Ted is a team player. I am sure that he will cooperate with us.
See also: player, team

the cards beat all the players

You can't win 'em all. A fatalistic phrase which tells us that destiny—in the form of a randomly shuffled deck of playing cards—has ultimately the upper hand, no matter how skillful a player might be.
See also: all, beat, card, player
References in classic literature ?
And it really seemed as if the pageant was in many cases chosen to suit the trade of the players.
Indeed, they were expected to do so, for in 1394 we find the Mayor of York ordering the craftsmen "to bring forth their pageants in order and course by good players, well arrayed and openly speaking, upon pain of losing of 100 shillings, to be paid to the chamber without any pardon.
But while the rehearsing and acting were going on the players received their food, and when it was all over they wound up with a great supper.
After a while hard times came to the gypsies, as they had come to the strolling players.
Type B Players: AType B Player shall be a Player who ranks in the upper forty percent (40%) but not in the upper twenty percent (20%) of his respective position group.
Club 2008-09 player of year awards: Minis: Under 8, manager Matthew Lewis: manager's player Declan Brookes; most improved player Harry Donithorne; players' player Ben Jones.
Potential problems arise when a player in this position collides with another player (termed spearing): The head stops, the trunk continues to move, and the cervical spine is crushed between the two.
With power, speed and amazing cutting ability, White, named CIF Player of the Year, was never more unstoppable than during a 49-14 finals win over St.
Designers are responding to the demand for compelling interaction by providing more logically consistent game worlds and relaxing linear story structure to allow for more player control.
Owners also instituted new work conditions, which included salary caps, regulations and fines for behavior on and off the field, blacklisting, and the dreaded reserve clause, which stipulated that a team that first signed a player "reserved" his services indefinitely.
Shockwave is a multimedia player that decodes streaming audio and video.
More dangerously, he says, when a player heads a ball to either side of the forehead, slightly rotating the skull, the brain can twist on its stem.
The player who correctly mimes the poet's word becomes the next poet.
Meriwether wins again: UCLA women's volleyball player Nana Meriwether was honored as the Pac-10 Player of the Week for the third time this year.
A coach will take a player aside on game day and tell him: "I've seen you practice and you are good, so let's go out there and have some fun