One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The officer next in authority to the commanding or chief officer.
deputy, number two, subordinate, assistant, right-hand man, right-hand woman, wingman, vice-, understudy, lieutenant, adjutant, subalternView synonyms
- ‘Santa Anna was captured and wrote out orders for his second in command to take the rest of his army out of Texas.’
- ‘He and his second in command then abandoned their army, leaving Grant's friend Buckner to surrender to him.’
- ‘I was still looking shocked as I dialed a phone number, not Stallings, but his second in command.’
- ‘It is difficult to see Robinson as anything other than a second in command, a loyal lieutenant who fulfils his master's wishes.’
- ‘For the position of the leader, James would automatically hold the chair, and he would pick his own second in command.’
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