"to take a back seat"
to occupy an inferior position
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Two colleagues are talking ...
Colleague 1: I am not sure I understand why you let Suzanne do most of the talking when she presented your joint idea.
Colleague 2: I was fine taking a back seat. Suzanne needs the exposure and practice.
Colleague 1: Are you not worried about seeming inferior?
Colleague 2: Not at all. Everyone knows the idea is a collaboration. I have a proven track record.
A couple are talking ...
Wife: Honey. I am pregnant.
Husband: Wow. That's amazing. I guess our vacation plans will have to take a back seat to getting a nursery ready.
Wife: Well, there is only so much money and getting ready for a baby is more important than going on vacation.
Husband: Maybe we can think about a vacation in a couple of years.
Taking a back seat to a colleague at an important meeting shows humility.
1) ... performers and whom the crowd loved to cheer on were forced to take a back seat in favour of those who the authorities wanted to push.
2) Non-urgent surgeries take a back seat.
3) Cocktail dresses and evening gowns, take a back seat. The tuxedo dress is currently in vogue.
4) ... there are times when it seems as if Stith has decided to take a back seat to allow the machines move front stage.
5) ... but his leadership style is to take a back seat to his staff.
6) ... the company's plans to introduce the performance motorcycle range has taken a back seat as the two wheeler maker wants to concentrate on its expansion plans.
7) However, self-love has taken a back seat in her life since her daughter's birth.
8) ... is a social media consultant whose singing ambitions have taken a back seat due to labyrinthitis, an inner ear disorder.
9) In a world full of technology, the piano has taken a back seat when it comes to home entertainment.
10) Now, that debate has taken a back seat to recent issues.
11) Moyes takes a back seat as Robbie Stockdale takes control of Sunderland for EFL Trophy opener at ...
12) Innovation, Carrol says, takes a back seat when you're working with taxpayer dollars.
13) ... so when time is tight writing takes a back seat.
14) ... through the first days and weeks when the business of day-to-day life takes a back seat to grief.
15) ... care of a house and kids, taking care of yourself often takes a back seat to other business.
16) ... is there somewhere, taking a back seat and trailing his rival ...
17) ... that she was happy taking a back seat and letting the lead characters shine.
18) ... a heavy emphasis on visuals (with things like script coherence often taking a back seat), ...
19) ... which later led to a number of legislators taking a back seat and leaving everything in the hands of the hired experts.
20) And, for now, classic white-linen service is taking a back seat to more casual eateries.