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Meaning of "come off second best" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF COME OFF SECOND BEST

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WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE COME OFF SECOND BEST

come home to roost
come in
come into
come into one´s own
come into the open
come into the world
come it
come of
come off
come off it!
come off worst
come on
come on strong
come on to
come on!
come out
come out in the wash
come out of one´s shell
come over
come round

WORDS THAT END LIKE COME OFF SECOND BEST

all the best
at best
best
do one´s level best
drabbest
for the best
give someone the best
glibbest
had best
personal best
second best
second-best
six of the best
Sunday best
the best

Synonyms and antonyms of come off second best in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «come off second best» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF COME OFF SECOND BEST

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Translator English - Chinese

脱落退而求其次
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

desprenderse segunda mejor
570 millions of speakers

English

come off second best
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

दूसरा सबसे अच्छा उतर आया
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

تؤتي ثمارها ثاني أفضل
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

оторваться второе место
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

sair o segundo melhor
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

এটা বন্ধ করুন!
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

se détacher deuxième meilleur
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Keluarkan!
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

kommen den Kürzeren
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

次善外れ
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

둘째 최고의 나서야
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Teka mati!
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

đi ra tốt nhất thứ hai
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

அதை விட்டுவிடு!
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

ते बंद करा!
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Çık dışarı!
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

venire fuori secondo miglior
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

puścić drugi najlepszy
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

відірватися друге місце
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

se desprinde de-al doilea cel mai bine
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

βγει δεύτερη καλύτερη
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

af kom die tweede beste
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

lossna näst bästa
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

kommer av nest beste
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of come off second best

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «COME OFF SECOND BEST»

The term «come off second best» is regularly used and occupies the 101.554 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «COME OFF SECOND BEST» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about come off second best

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «COME OFF SECOND BEST»

Discover the use of come off second best in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to come off second best and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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English-Albanian Dictionary of Idioms
come into season come off second best come into season piqet (pema), ka kohen (sezonin) □ Tomatoes come into season much earlier in Italy than in Northern Europe. come into service/use vihet ne funk- sionim (perdorim) □ The new type ...
Ilo Stefanllari, 2000
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Early American Proverbs and Proverbial Phrases
B158 To come off second Best 1779 Hutchinson Diary 2.280: The latter came off, as the vulgar saying is, second best. 1781 ISmith in Adams FC 4.126: Yet as the Old saying is he came off second best as the battle ruined him haveing 700 ...
Bartlett Jere Whiting, 1977
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Rajpal Dictionary Of English Idioms & Phrases
... wooden handle of the axe came off when I was trying to fell a tree * He really did not deserve to come off as the winner * A button has come off my coat Come off second best: Be defeated * In the declamation contest he came off second best.
Shori, A K, 2010
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McA: Entrance Examination
To come off second best -to lose in a contest ' Clasius Clay came off the second best being unable to meet Joe Frasier in a boxing match. 40. To cry over spilt milk - to worry over past things. You lost your watch three months ago. Still why do ...
J.V. Subrahmanyan, 2004
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CDS (Combined Defence Service Exam)
To come off second best - to lose in a contest Clasius Clay came off the second best being unable to meet Joe Frasier in a boxing match. 40. To cry over spilt milk - to worry over past things. You lost your watch three months ago. Still why do ...
E.S.Ramasamy, 2006
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English Numerical Ability & Numerical Ability for ...
To come off second best - to lose in a contest Clasius Clay came off the second best being unaBle to meet Joe Frasier in a boxing match. 40. To cry over spilt milk - to worry over past things. You lost your watch three months ago. Still, why do ...
V.V.K. Subburaj
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SSC Tax Assistant Exam
To come off second best - to lose in a contest Clasius Clay came off the second best being unable to meet Joe Frasier in a boxing match. 40. To cry over spilt milk - to worry over past things. You lost your watch three months ago. Still why do ...
V.V.K. Subburaj
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The Latter-Day Saints Millennial Star
Sumner doubts whether Uncle Sam would not come off second best in a conflict with Spain. The Herald doubts whether he would not come off second best in a conflict with the Mormons. The Trihuie must be afflicted with similar doubts, for it ...
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the latter day saints
Sumner doubts whether Uncle Sam would not come off second best in a conflict with Spain. The Herald doubts whether he would not come off second best in a conflict with the Mormons. The Tribune must be afflicted with similar doubts, for it  ...
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The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms, Second Edition
Also see NEITHER HERE NOR THERE. best 0 In addition to the idioms beginning with BEST, also see ALL FOR THE BEST; ALL THE BEST; AS BEST ONE CAN; AT BEST; AT ONE'S BEST; COME OFF (SECOND-BEST); DO ONE'S BEST; ...
Christine Ammer, 2013

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «COME OFF SECOND BEST»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term come off second best is used in the context of the following news items.
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Auckland truck driver has lucky escape
Generally, vehicles come off second best when they hit power poles, but luckily this driver has escaped here without too much injury," says ... «3News NZ, Jul 15»
2
Altidore: I'm a lover
No athlete likes to come off second best. But to be honest, I don't think there are a lot of things I hate. I love a lot. I'm a lover. I try to not be violent ... «FIFA.com, Jun 15»
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Leopard spikes its paw on porcupine's quills at Kruger National Park
A leopard looking for a meal has come off second best after it was spiked by a porcupine's sharp quills while attempting to catch it for lunch. «Daily Mail, Jun 15»
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Orwell had an answer
... no matter how egregious the abuse of power and authority they expose, whistleblowers always come off second best, even if the employer, ... «Sydney Morning Herald, Jun 15»
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WEPL PREMIER TWO: Sellers sees good times returning
... the campaign following their promotion from Glos/Wilts Division last term but have since come off second best in each of the last four games. «Swindon Advertiser, Jun 15»
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Police launch appeal following north-east hit and run
“Cyclists are always going to come off second best.” The crash happened on Wednesday, June 17, at 4.40pm. A police spokesman said: “A ... «Aberdeen Press and Journal, Jun 15»
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How to tell when your partner is still in love with his ex
If you do, do you come off second best? Whether he uses it as a tool to get back at you or not, it shows that she is still lurking somewhere in his ... «Daily Mail, Jun 15»
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Cyclists will always come off second best in a collision
Cyclists will always come off second best in a collision. TOM O'CONNOR. Last updated 05:00, June 23 2015. Cars and bikes both travel much faster than in the ... «Waikato Times, Jun 15»
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Melbourne cycling route still plagued by tacks despite efforts to catch …
... their own safety either, if they did they might just realize that they are guaranteed to come off second best in an altercation with a truck or bus. «The Guardian, Jun 15»
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York Senior League: Sessay miss out in thrilling finish - but lead at …
The day's biggest surprise saw Whitkirk come off second best against Malton & Old Malton. Thomas Bumby scored 96 off just 49 balls as he ... «The Press, York, Jun 15»

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