Definition of take a back seat in English:

take a back seat


  • Take or be given a less important position or role.

    ‘printed words will take a back seat to TV and video screens’
    • ‘Yet the majority of the book emphasizes dinosaur osteology, systematics, and the fossil record; paleobiology takes a back seat to this important foundation.’
    • ‘But she piled on the pounds after the birth of her son, George, nine months ago and singing took a back seat as her confidence dwindled.’
    • ‘The role of the citizen is taking a back seat to decisions being made about our communities and the environment.’
    • ‘Was love more important than wealth or did romance take a back seat to social climbing?’
    • ‘After being thrust into the working world, the importance of research often takes a back seat to the more immediate demands of clinical practice.’
    • ‘If I'm in a serious situation or I'm planning something important, then my personality takes a back seat for the good of the team.’
    • ‘The divorce from my husband took a back seat as all this was going on, now I intend to carry on with it.’
    • ‘Then I got married and had a family, so motor racing took a back seat.’
    • ‘The second day, the altruism took a back seat to the sales pitch.’
    • ‘In those days, fashion took a back seat for a whole nine months, and ‘hiding the bump’ was the main objective.’