be a poor second(redirected from were a poor second)
be a poor second
To finish a race or competition well behind the winner. Primarily heard in UK. I didn't expect to be a poor second in the race—who knew Kate was so fast?
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be/come a poor second, third, etc.(especially British English) finish a long way behind the winner in a race, competition, etc: The Socialists won the election easily with 40% of the vote, with the Democrats coming a poor second with only 26%.
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