Meaning of “second-in-command” in the English Dictionary

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"second-in-command" in British English

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second-in-commandnoun [ S ]

uk /ˌsek.ənd.ɪn.kəˈmɑːnd/ us /ˌsek.ənd.ɪn.kəˈmænd/

someone who is almost as important as the person in charge:

Well, if the manager isn't available I'd like to speak to the second-in-command.

(Definition of “second-in-command” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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