Word: second fiddle
noun: A secondary role. A person in such a role.
In an orchestra, the first violins carry the main melody while second violins are considered to be in a subordinate position. Earliest documented use: 1809.
“He [Bollywood actor Navin Nischol] was known to be egoistic and did not want to play second fiddle to any actor.”
Bharati Dubey; Navin Nischol Did Not Play Second Fiddle to Any Actor; The Times of India (New Delhi); Mar 20, 2011.
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