- The definition of second string refers to someone or something that serves as backup for the top choice.
An example of second string is the quarterback who only gets put into the game after the better quarterback breaks his arm.
second-string definition by Webster's New World
- Sports that is the second or a substitute choice for play at the specified position
- subordinate or inferior in rank, importance, etc.
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- second-stringer noun
second-string definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The group of players that substitute for the starting players or from which substitute players are drawn on a sports team.
- secˈond-stringˈ adjective
- secˈond-stringˈer noun