The term to play second fiddle to originated in the world of music (fiddle means violin) in the early 19th century. In orchestras, the most prominent member was the musician who played the lead violin and got the most recognition. The other musicians became known as second fiddles and the expression is now used to denote someone or something with a less important role than someone or something more important.
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