second best - definition and synonyms

noun [singular/uncountable] 

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  1. someone or something that is not what you wanted or is not as good as others

    Arthur will have to accept the fact that he may have to settle for second best.

    1. a.
      someone or something that comes directly after the best in order of achievement or quality

derived word

second-best

adjective

She ran her second-best time of the year.