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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This is hardly news to fire the imagination because, as we know, a marquee signing for us is the equivalent of a bench-warmer who comes on to wind down the clock in Carling Cup games for genuinely aspirational clubs.
(Cuts in) Let me inform you that unlike the past, the constituency would have in me a representative that will not be a bench-warmer and one whose doors will always be open to the people.
Reoccurring injuries at Bandari reduced him to a bench-warmer and eventually found a new home at Tusker in January 2018.
Dy, a bench-warmer in her first two seasons, had a breakthrough in Season 78 when she was converted to opposite spiker and became the Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP) and the x factor in the team's road to redemption-they were dominated by archrival Ateneo for two straight seasons when Alyssa Valdez hounded it over the league.
Mourinho's substitutions were emboldened by the choice of Shaw for Young, a more renowned crosser with five assists this term, and the specialist left-back should perhaps be viewed as a tactical game-changer rather than a mere bench-warmer in the future.
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.
Daniels began his career at White Hart Lane and watched Bale's rapid rise from bench-warmer to global superstar at first-hand.
Asked whether he was being fielded as a bench-warmer for Duterte, Dino replied in the negative.
Whether he is priced at the PS20m Liverpool would rather pay, or the PS32.5m Aston Villa desire, the Reds are not in the market for a bench-warmer. But if Liverpool were to get Benteke, what of Sturridge?
In reality, ,though, he will likely be going there to be nothing more than a bench-warmer.
Like a reserve goalie in a No 13 shirt, although it was a long shot, I could only hope that one day he might substitute this particular bench-warmer for a game.
If Yuvi comes back and bats really well, it would be a good asset to have at number four." Bench-warmer to match-winner In spinner Amit Mishra, Dhoni has already seen how a captain's backing can change a player.
Villas-Boas may be unsuited to the pressures of the Premier League, but who was it who agreed to pay Roma a club-record PS30million for bench-warmer Erik Lamela?