Hi !

What does "distant second" mean in this context ?

"It’s all a distant second to the offers you can’t refuse"

Thanks in advance Emotion: wink
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Only a second away, refers to a very short period of time.

thank you very much for your help
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Funny, I had read it differently! Here's my interpretation: There are offers you cannot refuse, and they come as first. "All that" comes as a distant second, meaning it can't compare with the first offers. I don't know if I'm right, though...

Dear friends,

It is my opinion that a «distant second» is a metaphor from horse-racing.

We may say that the «offer you cannot refuse» is the winner of the horse race. The offer that is next best is the second horse. There is however a great distance between the second horse and the horse that wins. The second horse is therefore a «distant second». Emotion: smile

Kind regards, Emotion: smile

Goldmund is definitely right here. Emotion: smile
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I have to thank you all too, I had no idea ...
Gniagnia"It’s all a distant second to the offers you can’t refuse"

Usually, however, 'it's all' would be a bit strange. If there is more than one offer (more than one horse in a race) there would most likely be one-- not all --that comes in second, in this case, far behind the offer/horse that comes in first.

If, for instance, there are four bids on buying a house, and the highest bid is $475,000, and the second is $300,000, unless the third and fourth bids are also $300,000, you wouldn't say, "They're all a distant second."
Well..., I can notice it is hard to fully apprehend this sentence. And that may be because I forgot to bring a precise context. All apologies.

It comes from Propagandhi's song 'Rock For Sustainable Capitalism' :

I love that one rock video where that fucking jack-ass mohawked millionaire prances around by far the worst sausage party on earth, where by mere chance he’s caught on film shaking hands with an incredibly diverse collection of patriotic skins. I like the message it sends: With a Rebel™ yell, Just Do Exactly What You’re Told. One million douche bags can’t be wrong? “When did punk rock become so safe?” You’ll excuse me if I laugh in your face as I itemize your receipts and PowerPoint your balance sheets. I hear this year’s Vans Warped Tour is “going green!” I guess they heard that money grows on trees. Hope they ship all those shitty bands overseas like they did the factories. Music’s power to describe, compel, renew … It’s all a distant second to the offers you can’t refuse. Anyone remember when we used to believe that music was a sacred place and not some fucking bank machine? Not something you just bought and sold? How could we have been so naïve? Well, I think when all is said and done, just cuz we were young doesn’t mean we were wrong. And I’ll rock back and forth on this two-bit hobbyhorse ‘til she splinters and gives way. I’ll tend the flowers by her grave. And whisper her name. If anyone out there understands can I please see a show of hands just so I know I’m not insane? Ever get the feeling you been played? Well, that’s rock for sustainable capitalism and you know, we may face a scorched and lifeless earth, but they’re accountable to their shareholders first. That’s how the world works.

Thank you all again for your precious help.
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