Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of the fourth rate or class: specifically, formerly, the rating of a vessel carrying from 50 to70 guns.

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Examples

  • It is now a fourth-rate non-country. pseudonymous in nc says:

    Matthew Yglesias » Culture and Size and Scope of Government

  • It would be a welcome change if once in a while the media would martial their considerable resources to address the more serious problems facing this country such as joblessness, homelessness and helplessness plaguing Americans than their over-extensive coverage of pissing contests between second-rate politicians with third-rate minds and fourth-rate vocabularies as if their rants made a damn bit of difference in dealing with the realities of this rapidly declining democratic system.

    Joel Shatzky: Educating for Democracy: Book Burning and "Wagging the Dog"

  • Kit Corrigan is a gem in a lousy setting, a scorching redhead who can dance like a dream but who is stuck in the chorus line of a fourth-rate musical.

    Strings Attached

  • So how dare Riley and others predict that black colleges will remain "fourth-rate institutions at the tail end of the academic procession" when HBCUs are setting the standard of excellence?

    Terrance Hamm: Let's Appreciate The Contributions of HBCUs

  • It would be a welcome change if once in a while the media would martial their considerable resources to address the more serious problems facing this country such as joblessness, homelessness and helplessness plaguing Americans than their over-extensive coverage of pissing contests between second-rate politicians with third-rate minds and fourth-rate vocabularies as if their rants made a damn bit of difference in dealing with the realities of this rapidly declining democratic system.

    Joel Shatzky: Educating for Democracy: Book Burning and "Wagging the Dog"

  • It would be a welcome change if once in a while the media would martial their considerable resources to address the more serious problems facing this country such as joblessness, homelessness and helplessness plaguing Americans than their over-extensive coverage of pissing contests between second-rate politicians with third-rate minds and fourth-rate vocabularies as if their rants made a damn bit of difference in dealing with the realities of this rapidly declining democratic system.

    Joel Shatzky: Educating for Democracy: Book Burning and "Wagging the Dog"

  • Third - and fourth-rate writers settle for careers.

    Writing and Publishing

  • They predicted that these schools are "for the most part, likely to remain fourth-rate institutions at the tail end of the academic procession."

    Black Colleges Need a New Mission

  • So how dare Riley and others predict that black colleges will remain "fourth-rate institutions at the tail end of the academic procession" when HBCUs are setting the standard of excellence?

    Terrance Hamm: Let's Appreciate The Contributions of HBCUs

  • (Soundbite of a music) FLINTOFF: The reporter seems condemned to remain in Karachi, working for a venal news director at a fourth-rate TV news channel - until, that is, he meets a chicken farmer who bears an uncanny resemblance to a certain, long-sought terrorist leader.

    Bollywood Parody Plays Bin Laden For Laughs

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