the next to the best in performance, achievement, craftsmanship, etc.
next to the best
(informal) come off second best, to be defeated in competition
an inferior alternative
Also, second class . Next after the first in rank or quality, inferior to the best, as in We aren’t satisfied with being second best in sales , or This hotel is obviously second class . The first term dates from the first half of the 1400s, the variant from about 1800. Also see come off , def. 2; second class
noun, Theology. 1. spiritual rebirth.
noun, Roman Catholic Church. 1. an experience of sanctification coming after conversion.
noun 1. See under States-General (def 1). States-General [steyts-jen-er-uh l] /ˈsteɪtsˈdʒɛn ər əl/ noun 1. the parliament of the Netherlands, consisting of an upper chamber (First Chamber) and a lower chamber (Second Chamber) 2. French History. the legislative body in France before the French Revolution. second chamber noun 1. the upper house of a bicameral […]
noun 1. senility; dotage. second childhood noun 1. dotage; senility (esp in the phrases in his, her, etc, second childhood) second childhood The dotage of old age; also, childlike playfulness in an adult. For example, Grandpa needs full-time care, now that he’s in his second childhood, or Since he retired and started learning to fly, […]