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Someone who is not good enough, up to par, achieves satisfactory expectations. Someone who would be the best at what they do if only they are given the chance, which they never do.
Friend 1: Hey! What happened to Cindy? I heard she went home.

Friend 2: Yea, she was only an alternate so they had better people in line before her. So she didn't get the position she wanted and was turned away.
by Bleebleeblue April 05, 2016
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the whale tail is the shape formed when a g-string rides up high over a womans trousers
oh my god look at that butt, her whale tail is showing so high!
by garv November 10, 2003
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Someone who isn't very good at playing World Of Warcracf & keeps getting his ass kicked.
Oh damn. I just did an 'Alternate'.
by Beav March 25, 2005
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The act of beginning with a true fact and then, through sleight of mouth, transforming and converting it to BECOME an alternate fact. aka The "Con-Way" or "Conwafying"
Bob's voice was usually heard as truthful, but, if required, he could alter-nate with the best politicians and lawyers. Before you knew it, he had alter-nated up a brand new story for your consideration.
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by You rReal Name August 16, 2020
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