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every secondEvery other; each alternate.
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every secondUsed other than as an idiom: Once per second.
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every secondVery frequently; more frequently than is desired.
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have second thoughtsTo change one's opinion, or be uneasy about a previous decision.
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just a secondOnly one second; a passage of time one-sixtieth of a minute in duration.
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just a secondA short period of time, typically anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes or more.
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just a secondStop; wait. Used to indicate that the speaker wishes the previous speaker or the proceedings to stop so that he or she can comment on what has been said or has happened so far.
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on second thoughtAfter reconsidering; on further consideration.
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play second fiddleTo play a subsidiary or subordinate role to someone or something else.
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second bananaA comedian who plays a secondary or supporting role, especially as straight man and traditionally in vaudeville or burlesque theatre.
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second bananaA person who serves in a supporting, secondary, or subsidiary capacity; an assistant.
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second childhoodA childlike state in any adult, resulting from mental illness, trauma, or other conditions.
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second childhoodThe period or state of cognitive decline of an elderly person, characterized by childlike judgment and behavior.
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second fiddleA fiddle part in harmony to the first fiddle.
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second fiddleA sidekick or subordinate, or the role of such a person.
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second fiddleThe person playing second fiddle.
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second gearThe second lowest gearing available from a gearbox.
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second handused
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second natureA mindset, skill, or type of behavior so ingrained through habit or practice that it seems natural, automatic, or without a basis in conscious thought.
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second sightclairvoyance
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second stringIn sports, a unit of players that plays behind the first string.
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second stringNot as good; of a lower quality or condition.
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second-guessPresumably from trying to guess with second sight.
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second-guessPresumably from trying to improve with a second stab.
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two-second ruleA rule of thumb for safe driving by which a driver must maintain a two-second distance from the vehicle in front.
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hey jimmie! , gimme first 'dibs' on that coke!Save a last sip from your Cola for ME, another individual; . . . . . Lemme have 'second-dibs' on Your Coca Cola, JIM
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across the boardA racing bet where one bets that the same competitor will place in first, second and third.
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birth tourismTravel from one country to another for the purpose of giving birth in the second country, thereby endowing the newborn child with citizenship of the second country.
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bottom of the ninthIn baseball, the second part of the ninth and final inning. The end of the game.
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cry for helpIn her second year at the school Alexis stopped doing her homework and would often scribble on walls. Her teachers wondered whether this was a cry for help, or if she was simply misbehaving.
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dog and catA team comprised of one male and one female, who are either working as associates or where one is the second in command to the other.
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first annualThe second occurrence of an annual event, that is, the first occurrence that is indeed annual.
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first loserSecond place.
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first loserThe second place finisher in auto racing competition.
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go madUsed to indicate that the second verb represents an action that is out of character.
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hot lunchA sexual act in which a pouch of clingfilm or similar material filled with faeces is placed in one of the participants' mouth and subsequently penetrated by the second participant.
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nightcapThe second game of a doubleheader.
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one thousandUsed in a common chronometric counting scheme, in which each iteration is sequentially numbered and supposed to be approximately one second in length.
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proverbs come in pairsAlternative form of proverbs run in pairs.1979, Irving Howe, John Hollander, David Bromwich, Literature as Experience: An Anthology, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, ISBN 0155511130, page 325:Sometimes proverbs come in pairs, the first one providing the context, the second, the revision.
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rex-patA repeat expatriate, one who becomes ex-patriated a second time.
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runner upsecond-placed competitor
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take a back seatTo be second to someone or something; to be less important or have a lower priority.
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telephone tagA situation in which a person unsuccessfully attempts to contact another person by telephone and leaves a message instead, and in which the second person then unsuccessfully attempts to return the initial call and leaves a message for the first person, and so on as if the two are playing a game of tag in which the most recent person to have been left with a message is now designated as "it" (i.e. as the player now obliged to chase the other and to attempt anew to make contact).
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then againFrom another point of view; on the other hand; on second thought.
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third stringA unit of players that plays behind the first and second strings; a junior varsity team.
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