bench warmer

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bench warmer

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.
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bench warmer

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.
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benchwarmer

A person who is seldom or never active in an enterprise. Derived from the sports meaning of a player who rarely or never takes part in a game but is relegated to sitting on the bench, the term, which dates from the early 1900s, was almost immediately transferred to other circumstances. The sports meaning appeared in a 2006 film, The Benchwarmers, about three not very competent ballplayers.
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Hart is on PS120,000 a week - despite West Ham paying a loan fee, and that is a big chunk of their wage bill for a bench-warmer.
In reality, ,though, he will likely be going there to be nothing more than a bench-warmer.
SCOTT FOX is hoping he won't return to being a bench-warmer now he has come in from the cold.
The Dutch winger, an pounds 11.5m buy in 2007, is dejected at being a bench-warmer but his agent admitted the mooted loan back to his old club was vetoed by Rafa Bentitez.
Simms, so often a bench-warmer this season, top scored with 26 points and took five defensive rebounds.
Josip Drmic Has found himself a bench-warmer after a PS5million summer move to high-pressing Leverkusen but expect him to get the nod over room-mate Haris Seferovic and start up top.
on t nJb Josip Drmic Has found himself a bench-warmer after a PS5million summer move to high-pressing Leverkusen but expect him to get the nod over room-mate Haris Seferovic and start up top.
BURNLEY loan star Alex Kacaniklic is determined to prove Martin Jol wrong for making him a bench-warmer at Fulham.