French translation of 'second best'
second bestsecond-best [ˌsɛkəndˈbɛst]
deuxième choix m
as a second-best faute de mieux
1. (= not the best) [suit, boots] de tous les jours
It’s his second-best novel. C’est presque son meilleur roman.
2. (= not perfect)
a second-best solution un pis-aller
a second-best choice un pis-aller
to come off second best avoir le dessous
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I know what it's like to be deeply in love, but when it came right down to it, I realized I couldn't accept second best.ANGELS EVERYWHERE (2002)
She was wearing her second best boots: they were more worn and slid better.THE GOLDEN LION
So I have to make do with second best but, as the saying goes, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.ALASTAIR MCLEAN'S 'NIGHT WATCH'
For a moment he caught himself wondering if she didn't like coming second best, even to dead Alan.PROSPECT HILL (2003)
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British English: second best ADJECTIVE
Second best is used to describe something that is not as good as the best thing of its kind but is better than all the other things of that kind.
He put on his second-best suit.
Translation of second best from the Collins English to French Dictionary