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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.
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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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Barbara Harding was first Veteran Lady home with the Breaststroker, Margaret Smith taking second place.
France, on the other hand, comes first for the third year in a row, with Spain taking second place and the Netherlands third.
Veteran athlete Sarah Rogers (New Marske Harriers) set a personal best taking second place over 3000m.
Vinokourov of Kazakhstan cut Armstrong's overall race lead to 53 seconds by taking second place on the day.
On the re-start Smith soon moved ahead of leader Peter Falding, Ray Witts taking second place on the last-but-one lap and Paul Harrison overcoming his one-lap handicap to take a creditable sixth.
Bebington sent a competitive team over the Welsh border to Holywell for the Annual Meet with Rachel Houston in outstanding form, winning the 50m and 100m backstroke events and taking second place in the 50m and 100m freestyle.
Justin Siddons finished 3-up against the card to win Division One of a bogey competition, with Dave Higginson taking second place on 1- up.
55 in the high jump, taking second place as Vicky Pettitt won the B event with a season's best 1.
In the final of the National League in Cardiff, the City of Liverpool came ninth with Lucy Hardey taking second place in the 50m Backstroke, Georgina Evans taking second place in the 100m Breaststroke and Matthew Pomford doing likewise in 100m Backstroke.
McRae followed up his first-ever stage win on the Dakar Rally by taking second place yesterday.