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bench jockey

In US baseball slang, a coach or player who berates or derides the umpire or opposing players from his team's dugout bench. In this usage, "jockey," the rider of a race horse, refers to "riding someone," which commonly means to harass or ridicule a person. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. I wish you wouldn't be such a bench jockey at our games!
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on the bench

1. Acting as judge in a court case. I thought we had a good chance of winning, but Steinman is on the bench—there's no way he'll rule in our favor.
2. Of a player or players in a team sport, not currently in the game, but situated on the perimeter of the playing area (often literally seated on a bench). The term can refer to players who are available to play or those who are ineligible due to injury, etc. The players on the bench might have a big impact on this game if the starters need to come out. He's been on the bench all season due to problems with his hip.
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take the bench

To be appointed as a judge in a court of law. The newest judge of the Supreme Court first took the bench in 1987. We are pleased to announce that Mr. Sherman Oaks will be taking the bench in our federal courthouse this February.
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on the bench

 
1. [of a judge] directing a session of court. I have to go to court tomorrow. Who's on the bench? It doesn't matter who's on the bench. You'll get a fair hearing.
2. sitting, waiting for a chance to play in a game. (In sports, such as basketball, football, soccer, etc.) Bill is on the bench now. I hope he gets to play. John played during the first quarter, but now he's on the bench.
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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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on the bench

1. Presiding as judge in a law court, as in Lawyers are very careful when Judge Brown is on the bench. This usage alludes to the seat occupied by a judge. [Late 1200s]
2. Waiting for a chance to participate; also, removed from participation. For example, Mary complained that all her colleagues were going to the sales conference while she was left on the bench . This usage comes from baseball and other sports, where players not deemed ready or competent to play sit on a bench watching the game. [Early 1900s]
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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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bench

1. tv. to take someone out of a ball game. The coach benched Jim, who injured his arm.
2. tv. to retire someone; to withdraw someone from something. The manager benched the entire sales staff for cheating on their expense reports.

bench jockey

n. a player who sits on the bench and calls out advice. The coach told all the bench jockeys to shut up.
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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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grab some bench

tv. go to the bench, during a game. The coach told Freddy to go grab some bench.
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take the bench

Law
1. To become a judge.
2. To preside in court: The judge took the bench to hear the plaintiff's motion.
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