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    came a poor second ?

    To cut a long story short, there were 12 separate occasions when social services could have intervened to save Victoria's life.


    But, despite her grievous injuries, they either accepted her aunt's lame excuses or concluded that even if Victoria was being tortured, there wasn't anything they could do about it because physical chastisement was 'part of a culture of strict discipline in African families'.

    The fact that torturing a child to death is against the law in Britain came a poor second to considerations of 'diversity' and the terror of being accused of racism.
    Hi!

    What does "Come a poor second" mean? Thank you!

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    Re: came a poor second ?

    To come a poor second
    usually means to finish in second place, a long way behind the winner. In this context, it means that the mistreatment of the child was given much less priority than the issue of respect for cultural differences.

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    Re: came a poor second ?

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hi!

    What does "Come a poor second" mean? Thank you!
    It means to be considered much lower in value, quality or importance than the one/two, etc. other things or people mentioned.

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    Re: came a poor second ?

    Hi Xecole & Banderas,

    Thank you very much! I got it.

    I stuck to the another meaning of " second" previously.

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