second fiddle


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second fiddle

Informal
a. the second violin in a string quartet or one of the second violins in an orchestra
b. the musical part assigned to such an instrument
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Count your blessings, even second fiddles have a tune, a role, imagine when you are whining about your condition the millions who do not even make the orchestra.
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Second fiddle is most often used to describe a person serving in a subsidiary capacity, especially to one immediately superior.
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But in conversations we had while waiting for files to load and discs to burn, I realized that Kucera's keyboard wizardry and buzzing equipment played second fiddle to a keen intellect interested in overlapping questions about duration, simultaneity, location, motion, point of view, and perspective, and in how shifting these factors might influence spatiotemporal perception, experiential comprehension, memory organizat ion, and the construction/conception of self.
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