Definition of second-stringer in English:

second-stringer

noun

See second string

‘We played the whole year with second-stringers, and we only had eight players.’
  • ‘The team that did show up, comprised mostly of second-stringers and unripened teen-agers, lost to Hapoel by two goals.’
  • ‘None of the second-stringers who came on made much of an impact.’
  • ‘Harrington started 2002 as a backup in a season when second-stringers really stood out.’
  • ‘Almost every game, at least one or two of the five second-stringers plays well enough to carry the unit.’