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the next best thing

C1 the thing that is best, if you cannot have or do the thing you really want: I really wanted to work in television but I ended up in radio, which is the next best thing.
Translations of “the next best thing”
in Chinese (Traditional) 僅次於…的事物, 退而求其次的事物…
in Chinese (Simplified) 仅次于…的事物, 退而求其次的事物…
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