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An athlete who does not get much playing time (usually because they are not very good or skilled). I'm just a bench warmer, so you won't see me out on the court much.
1. slang A very short pipe used for smoking tobacco or marijuana. I have a little nose-warmer that I keep in my back pack so I can toke up throughout the day. My grandfather used to smoke this pungent tobacco out of a small nose-warmer after every meal—even breakfast!
2. slang The remains of the unburned end (the butt) of a marijuana cigarette. He kept trying to light the nose-warmer in his fingertips and nearly set his moustache on fire! We collected all the nose-warmers in the ash tray and filled a bowl with what we managed to scrape out of them.
n. a ballplayer who spends most of the game on the bench waiting to play; a second-rate player. You’ll never be anything but a bench warmer.
1. n. a short tobacco pipe. Fred smokes a nose-warmer, especially in the winter.
2. Go to nose-burner.