Second-string



noun
1.
Sports. the squad of players available either individually or as a team to replace or relieve those who start a game.
2.
a secondary position, status, or group, as in a level of corporate management.
second string
noun
1.
(mainly Brit) an alternative course of action, etc, intended to come into use should the first fail (esp in the phrase a second string to one’s bow)
2.
a substitute or reserve player or team
adjective (mainly US & Canadian)
3.
(sport)

being a substitute player
being the second-ranked player of a team in an individual sport

4.
second-rate or inferior

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