second banana

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n second banana someone who serves in a subordinate capacity or plays a secondary role
    • n second banana a performer who acts as stooge to a comedian
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Usage

In literature:

She was feeding a banana to the second child, who looked about two years old.
"American Adventures" by Julian Street
But first we'll let him eat the banana, and get hungry for the second one.
"The Curlytops and Their Pets" by Howard R. Garis
The husband and father had peeled and distributed his second outlay of bananas amongst his family.
"At Fault" by Kate Chopin
Lynn disposed of a second saucerful of the banana compound that she called her ice cream.
"In the Mist of the Mountains" by Ethel Turner
The second course is fresh strawberries, oranges, bananas, English walnuts.
"Breakfasts and Teas" by Paul Pierce
Noda's going to figure out what happened any second now and go totally bananas.
"The Samurai Strategy" by Thomas Hoover
Pelham had invested in a bag of bananas, and was disconsolately eating the second.
"Mountain" by Clement Wood
A banana-leaf plate, placed on the second mat, may contain a baked fish or perhaps a pigeon.
"Seven Legs Across the Seas" by Samuel Murray
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In news:

Banana Republic Does 'Anna Karenina,' Taylor Swift Releases Second Fragrance.
The South Coast Plaza Banana Republic 's men's shop is located on the second floor, and its redesign is scheduled to be unveiled in November.
'Veep' Star Julia Louis-Dreyfus Peels a Political Second Banana .
Here's to North London's Second Banana .
TV's McMahon was definitely first-rate as a second banana .
Poke fun at the bristly mustache, the schlocky "Private Eyes" video or his status as pop music's most famous second-banana.
Harmless second banana or threat to the Republic.
Megan Fox plays second banana to no one.
SECOND BANANA – The Tonight Show's Andy Richter.
Late-night talk show host Craig Ferguson routinely mocks CBS for being too cheap to pay for decent lighting, a band or a second banana.
They are American history's second bananas, forever waiting in the wings.
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