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warm the bench

Fig. [for a player] to remain out of play during a game—seated on a bench. John spent the whole game warming the bench. Mary never warms the bench. She plays from the beginning to the end.
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warm the bench

Also, ride the bench. Be a secondary or substitute participant; wait one's turn to participate. For example, I can't wait till the head of accounting retires; I've been warming the bench for years . This expression comes from such sports as baseball and football, and their standard practice of having substitute players sit on a bench in case they are needed in a game. [Slang; early 1900s]
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Cole was more often left to do nothing more than warm the bench, and in turn watch his World Cup chances with England fade into the sunset, rather than fire up hopes of being on the plane to the Land of the Rising Sun this summer.
O'Neill has hardly brought Given back to warm the bench but starting him tomorrow is a major risk considering his complete lack of game time at Aston Villa over the last two years.
Top scorer Dimitar Berbatov and Nani, who was voted players' Player of the Year, will warm the bench.
MARK McGHEE yesterday warned new signing Mark Howard he hasn't been brought to Pit todr ie to warm the bench.
I am talking about he half a dozen full internationals that regularly warm the bench or the stands.
I'm sure I will improve as a player whether I play every week or not, but I didn't come here to warm the bench.
Yet the Argentina international warned he has not come to simply warm the bench and pick up a fat pay-cheque - but instead he will offer a serious challenge to his major rival.
Should he start and not just warm the bench, Irish will have a solid Springbok spine to the team with the moblie Naka Drotske at hooker and player-coach Brendan Venter at centre.
The 16-year-old (left) had been expecting to just warm the bench but was given a late run-out.
CRAIG SMITH insists he has no intentions of travelling to South Africa to warm the bench.
But I am annoyed when I'm fit and I only warm the bench.
Having been dropped for Rangers CIS Cup win over Aberdeen, Novo looks set to warm the bench for the second successive game, while Hernandez is struggling with a kidney infection.
Boss Sir Alex Ferguson has already warned that O'Shea may have to find a new position in the team, but the likelihood is that he will warm the bench.