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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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Former Arsenal bench warmer Justin Hoyte showed early flashes of promise but has struggled to find his feet and fell well short of Luke Young..
Just over three weeks ago, the 35- year-old winger was an occasional bench warmer and reserve-team coach at Loftus Road.
It's been a meteoric rise for the young prop, who has gone from a bench warmer to a Lions tourist in the space of six months.
It will perhaps be the most interesting team selection of Roberto Martinez's reign on Saturday when he has Terry McAllister walton WHEN Aaron Lennon came to Everton a year ago I was underwhelmed with a move for what seemed like a career bench warmer who wouldn't improve our squad.
Ken Holmqvist may have been a bench warmer during the UAAP season but in the National Collegiate Championship, the 6-foot-8 stretch forward was front and center.
4) He accepts if Ba and Cisse stay, he's a bench warmer and impact sub." Dove_From_Above: "Good player but I can't handle that he says he didn't want to leave in the first place and people say he's a Geordie hero."
Boss Archie Gemmill opted to use strikers Stephen Fletcher, Calum Elliot and Robert Snodgrass during the campaign and the then-teenage forward spent most of the competition as a frustrated bench warmer.
But the young Scots star has gone from bench warmer to hot stuff and aims to scorch Guildford Heat in today's BBL Cup Final showdown.
DAVID Moyes needs to strengthen the team in all areas but the defence is okay for next season (giveClarke a chance instead of wasting money on a bench warmer).
LES Ferdinand has vowed to fight for his Spurs future after becoming a permanent Premiership bench warmer. The former England star is not willing to sit around at White Hart Lane while Robbie Keane and Teddy Sheringham take centre stage.
Let him become a bench warmer at another club, then watch him fade into obscurity like Wright-Phillips.
Madrigals father Gerard played high school hoops in the United States, but was "a bench warmer for most of his career," she candidly noted.
The England Under-21 star defender, a bench warmer for the Blues, has been watched closely by Anfield spies and they are planning a summer raid.
But the young Scots star has since gone from bench warmer to hot stuff and wants to scorch Guildford Heat in today's showdown.