Meaning of “come/be a poor second, third, etc.” in the English Dictionary

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"come/be a poor second, third, etc." in British English

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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 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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)