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English definition of “come/be a poor second, third, etc.”

come/be a poor second, third, etc.

to be considered much lower in value, quality, or importance than the one, two, etc. other things or people mentioned: For Jackie, I'm afraid, money is always of first importance and the children come a poor second.
(Definition of come/be a poor second, third, etc. from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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