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ride the pine

In sports (especially baseball), to remain sitting on the bench, rather than be an active participant in the game. Primarily heard in US. I'm not going to play next year if coach makes me ride the pine again this season. I rode the pine for the rest of the game after I pulled my hamstring sliding to first base.
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pine after someone or something

 and pine for someone or something; pine over someone or something
to long for or grieve for someone or something. Bob pined after Doris for weeks after she left. Dan is still pining for his lost dog. There is no point in pining over Claire.
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pine away (after someone or something)

to waste away in melancholy and longing for someone or something. A year later, he was still pining away after Claire. Still, he is pining away.
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pine away

v.
To wither or waste away from longing or grief: After its owner was killed, the old dog pined away and died.
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pine for

v.
To long or grieve intensely for someone or something: All summer he sat in the garden pining for his girlfriend back home. Many teachers pine for the days when students were better behaved.
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References in classic literature ?
Could she say, "I refuse to content this pining hunger?
No, I was not pining to meet the Ugly One-and it was quite certain that I should not go out and hunt for him; but the matter was taken out of my hands very quickly, as is often the way, and I did meet Jubal the Ugly One face to face.
All this time, she was in want: languishing away, in dire and pining want.
There was nothing of the pining lover, nor of the lover at all, in his demeanour.
You're getting paler and paler, and thinner and thinner; you're pining away just as he did.
Strong enough or not," returned Frank, "any risk is better than pining and perishing here.