benchwarmer


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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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The strain on their wage bill was difficult to justify when he was a first-team regular - as a benchwarmer it's foolish.
The back four are very good but need Pritchard in the team for a good run - PS12m for a benchwarmer is crazy to my mind.
The 23-year-old refused to feel frustrated after being a benchwarmer last season, with Tomas Cerny in firm control as Jags' No.1.
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Skipper Sam Warburton's serious shoulder injury has opened the door for Tipuric this summer and the Ospreys star plans to make the most of his opportunity following a disappointing championship when he was a regular benchwarmer.
In "Recollection of a High School Benchwarmer," the author focuses on the camaraderie of a group of benchwarmers, their longings to play in the game, and the activities (makeshift bowling) they engage in as they wait.
Until now, a year since Lin out of nowhere burst into the spotlight in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as an unlikely benchwarmer turned hero for the New York Knicks, the hoopla surrounding "Linsanity" is still being felt strongly here in the Philippines.
Then another benchwarmer, Danny Ward, pounced three minutes into added time to seal it.
Miami Heat benchwarmer Dexter Pittman decided to get his name out there during garbage minutes of the Heat's game four victory over the Indiana Pacers.
Bent's lack of recognition stems back to his Tottenham days when he was a benchwarmer for long periods despite a decent goals tally.
As a former stand-out (benchwarmer) on a high school (junior varsity) football team in Texas, I welcome the news of the West Coast's inaugural "Bagel Bowl," allegedly the first match-up of Jewish high school football teams on America's traditional weak side formation.
He casually made his way toward the visiting Kansas City Kings bench and grabbed the warm-up suit of a Kings benchwarmer in the final minutes of the team's rout of the lowly Pistons.
Although he jokingly describes his position in that sphere as "benchwarmer", he no longer fills that role in his riding career, and when he walks the track at Epsom it will be as one of the Ballydoyle team.
They don't, though: If this was a sport, El Paso would be a benchwarmer, watching the first-stringers - the people who put some real effort into the game.