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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 ​peoplementioned: For Jackie, I'm ​afraid, ​money is always of first ​importance and the ​children come a poor second.
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