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second best

(Describing) someone or something that is one step below or slightly inferior to the person or thing that is considered the best, especially in a formal ranking. Even though I'd spent weeks working on my project for the science fair, I still came off second best. Do you want to be remembered as second best? Or as the champions?
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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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Thanks to the convexity of the set of feasible allocations and the concavity of the objective, any solution to the Second Best planning problem is a Pareto optimum of the private information economy, and all such optima, referred to as the Second Best Pareto optima, can be obtained by solving this problem for all [gamma] [member of] [0, +[infinity]].
The quarter was the second best in the company's history.
the client meets the admission requirements for a training course that places no limitation on the number of participants), there is no need to select a second best alternative.
If the best tool fails to work or work is unavailable, try the second best, and so on down to the nth best.
Cathay Pacific was also ranked as the second best managed major airline in the world by Aviation Week & Space Technology, an airline industry publication.
So Bill figured he'd settle for second best and instead invited the sports bra squad to the White House, which I'm sure is lonelier than ever, what with Hillary setting up shop in the Empire State.
I saw where he said she was second best," said Baffert of Desormeaux, "but I didn't think she was second best.
Con Edison's reliability was twice as good as the second best utility.
One in four(1) Britons have never needed to settle for second best in any part of their lives
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Nigel Worthington's men were second best for much of the game as they lost the ball cheaply throughout, but had the two best chances of the match through Brunt and Gareth McAuley.
This was the 23-year-old at his very finest, attacking Nadal with invention and courage, making the Spaniard at times look distinctly second best.