One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1usually as modifier A medical treatment or therapy used in support of another, or as a more drastic measure if the primary treatment is ineffective.‘second-line, expensive, often invasive tests’
- ‘No ideal second-line treatment has been established if the initial therapy fails to eradicate the organism.’
- ‘These differences in second-line therapy may account for some part of the observed difference in survival.’
- ‘At the moment, corticosteroids should only be considered as a second-line treatment, and the exact indication remains to be determined.’
- ‘Endometrial curettage may be used as a second-line treatment if pharmacological efforts have been ineffective.’
- ‘Another review of several case studies recommended oral and topical retinoids as second-line therapy for the treatment of flat warts.’
2A battle line behind the front line to support it and make good its losses.
- ‘Badrand smiled as with a huge crash, his second line joined the battle.’
- ‘He tried to form a second line but Allied cavalry swept him away: by dawn on the 24th only about half his army was intact.’
- ‘Spanish artillery supported this position from a second line of defenses.’
- ‘Lord George, riding in advance of the second line, found himself actually in danger.’
- ‘Men in the first line fought until they were killed or wounded and then men from the second line would move up to fill the space.’
3as modifier Ranking second in strength, effectiveness, ability, or value.‘the clutch of second-line U.S. computer manufacturers’
- ‘As his Wild open up their season, Daigle is pencilled in as a second-line right-winger on one of the lowest-scoring teams in the league.’
- ‘But the working musicians who populate the neighborhood clubs, second-line parades and jazz brunches, are more vulnerable, often living gig to gig.’
- ‘Fortunately their second-line bowlers were nowhere near as good.’
- ‘We have also had strong performances from some second-line stocks including Kingspan and Grafton Group.’
- ‘Beyond these two core noisemakers is a symphony of slacker strings and second-line horns.’
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