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take a back seat (to somebody/something)

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishtake a back seat (to somebody/something)take a back seat (to somebody/something)LET/ALLOWto have less influence or importance Foreign policy will take a back seat to domestic problems for a while. seat
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take a back seat (to somebody/something)He notes, however, that economic considerations are taking a back seat to budget negotiations.It was also a year when investment bankers took a back seat.Turning the original classic topsy-turvy, Stoppard makes Hamlet himself take a back seat and elevates two minor characters to star status.Long-term planning took a back seat in the deliberations of the senior engineers whose efforts were principally devoted to overcoming short-term problems.Golf Faldo forced to take a back seat to Walker Cup team.But when they were introduced, everything upstairs had to take a back seat.Quality will have to take a back seat to price when we buy the new furniture.As the race drew closer it was time for Paul to take a back seat.And very generally, the interests of lenders in New York take a back seat to the interests of the corporate borrowers.
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