be a poor second


be a poor second
be/come a poor second, third, etc. idiom
(especially BrE) to finish a long way behind the winner in a race, competition, etc.
Main entry:pooridiom

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  • come a poor second — be/come a poor second, third, etc. idiom (especially BrE) to finish a long way behind the winner in a race, competition, etc. Main entry: ↑pooridiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • a poor second/third etc. — a poor second/third (etc.) used to say that someone finished a race or contest a long way behind the winner He came in a poor second in the race. [=he finished second but was far behind the winner] She was a poor second in the tournament. • • •… …   Useful english dictionary

  • a poor second/third — (etc.) used to say that someone finished a race or contest a long way behind the winner He came in a poor second in the race. [=he finished second but was far behind the winner] She was a poor second in the tournament. • • • Main Entry: ↑poor …   Useful english dictionary

  • (a) poor second — a poor second phrase a long way behind the winner in a race, competition etc Thesaurus: races and racinghyponym sports events and competitionshyponym Main entry: poor …   Useful english dictionary

  • a poor second — a long way behind the winner in a race, competition etc …   English dictionary

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  • poor — [ pur ] adjective *** ▸ 1 lacking money ▸ 2 of low quality ▸ 3 not good enough ▸ 4 not skillful ▸ 5 lacking something important ▸ 6 less than expected ▸ 7 feeling sorry for someone ▸ + PHRASES 1. ) having little money and few possessions: a poor… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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  • second — 1 number 1 2nd; the person, thing, event etc after the first one: His second goal was from a penalty. | a second year student at University | In the second of a series of programmes we look at the role of women in industry. | the second… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • poor — adjective 1 NO MONEY having very little money and not many possessions: Her family were so poor they couldn t afford to buy her new clothes. | Ethiopia is one of the poorest countries in the world. | a poor neighborhood 2 the poor people who are… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English


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