One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Take or be given a less important position or role.‘in future he would take a back seat in politics’
- ‘After being thrust into the working world, the importance of research often takes a back seat to the more immediate demands of clinical practice.’
- ‘Then I got married and had a family, so motor racing took a back seat.’
- ‘If I'm in a serious situation or I'm planning something important, then my personality takes a back seat for the good of the team.’
- ‘Was love more important than wealth or did romance take a back seat to social climbing?’
- ‘The role of the citizen is taking a back seat to decisions being made about our communities and the environment.’
- ‘The second day, the altruism took a back seat to the sales pitch.’
- ‘In those days, fashion took a back seat for a whole nine months, and ‘hiding the bump’ was the main objective.’
- ‘Yet the majority of the book emphasizes dinosaur osteology, systematics, and the fossil record; paleobiology takes a back seat to this important foundation.’
- ‘But she piled on the pounds after the birth of her son, George, nine months ago and singing took a back seat as her confidence dwindled.’
- ‘The divorce from my husband took a back seat as all this was going on, now I intend to carry on with it.’
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