take second place

take second place

1. Literally, to finish behind one other person in a competition, contest, or election. I know you're disappointed, but you still took second place—that's pretty darn good for a statewide tournament!
2. By extension, to be considered less important or exceptional than someone or something else. I really love writing, but it had to take second place to my day job once we had kids. Despite the huge marketing push, the new smartphone has taken second place to the in the eyes of consumers.
See also: place, second, take

take second place

COMMON If one thing or person takes second place to another, the first thing or person is considered to be less important and is given less attention than the second. My personal life has had to take second place to my career. She was married to Ben Nicholson for years, and nobody ever saw her as taking second place.
See also: place, second, take
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The Men's section saw Jonathon Gatley take second place with club colleague, Mike Reason third.
Angela Armstrong from Carlisle moved through strongly to take second place ahead of marathon specialist Heather Mackay.
Gibson dropped his rival approaching the 3km stage with Shildon's Khalil Thompson moving through in the closing stages to take second place ahead of Perrins.