play second fiddle to sth

play second fiddle to sth
play second fiddle to sb/sth
to be seen as less important than another person or thing: »

There were times when security seemed to play second fiddle to how the security company wanted to present itself to the world.

Main Entry: fiddle

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • play second fiddle (to somebody) — play second ˈfiddle (to sb/sth) idiom to be treated as less important than sb/sth; to have a less important position than sb/sth else • I m not going to play second fiddle to anyone. • The narrative in this book plays second fiddle to the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • play second fiddle (to something) — play second ˈfiddle (to sb/sth) idiom to be treated as less important than sb/sth; to have a less important position than sb/sth else • I m not going to play second fiddle to anyone. • The narrative in this book plays second fiddle to the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • play second fiddle to sb/sth — ► to be seen as less important than another person or thing: »There were times when security seemed to play second fiddle to how the security company wanted to present itself to the world. Main Entry: ↑fiddle …   Financial and business terms

  • play second fiddle to sb — play second fiddle to sb/sth ► to be seen as less important than another person or thing: »There were times when security seemed to play second fiddle to how the security company wanted to present itself to the world. Main Entry: ↑fiddle …   Financial and business terms

  • fiddle — fid‧dle [ˈfɪdl] verb [transitive] informal to give false information about something in order to avoid paying money, or to get extra money: • It would be naive to think that staff never fiddle their expenses. • Auditors ensure that employers or… …   Financial and business terms

  • play — play1 W1S1 [pleı] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(children)¦ 2¦(sports/games)¦ 3¦(music)¦ 4¦(radio/cd etc)¦ 5¦(theatre/film)¦ 6 play a part/role 7 play ball 8¦(pretend)¦ 9¦(behave)¦ 10 play games …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • fiddle — 1 noun (C) informal 1 BrE a dishonest way of getting money: a tax fiddle | be on the fiddle (=be getting money dishonestly or illegally): They suspected he was on the fiddle all along. 2 a violin 3 be a fiddle to be difficult to do and involve… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • fiddle — fid|dle1 [ˈfıdl] n informal [Date: 1200 1300; : Medieval Latin; Origin: vitula instrument played at ceremonies ] 1.) a ↑violin 2.) BrE a dishonest way of getting money ▪ an insurance fiddle on the fiddle …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • play — 1 /pleI/ verb 1 CHILDREN (I, T) when children play, they do things that they enjoy, often together or with toys: The children ran off to play on the beach. | play sth: The boys were playing soldiers. | I don t want to play that game! (+ with):… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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