be second fiddle (to someone)(redirected from we were second fiddle to him)
be second fiddle (to someone)
To have a role, position, or part that is less important than or subordinate to that of someone else. I'm really sick of being second fiddle to this ignoramus—I'm the one who deserves to be the star of the show! He had aspirations of moving ahead in the company, but it seems like he's destined to be second fiddle for the foreseeable future.
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