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English definition of “play second fiddle”

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play second fiddle

to be less important or in a weaker position than someone else: I'm not prepared to play second fiddle to Christina any more - I'm looking for another job!
Translations of “play second fiddle”
in Chinese (Traditional) 居於次要地位…
in Chinese (Simplified) 居于次要地位…
(Definition of play second fiddle from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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