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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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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]
See also: bench, warm
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MARK McGHEE yesterday warned new signing Mark Howard he hasn't been brought to Pit todr ie to warm the bench.
1 could be in jeopardy if he continues to warm the bench in the Championship.
When Tony Warner arrived at Cardiff City from Millwall he quickly stressed he was not at Ninian Park to warm the bench.
O'Neill has hardly brought Given back to warm the bench but starting him tomorrow is a major risk considering his complete lack of game time at Aston Villa over the last two years.
Top scorer Dimitar Berbatov and Nani, who was voted players' Player of the Year, will warm the bench.
I am talking about he half a dozen full internationals that regularly warm the bench or the stands.
Yet the Argentina international warned he has not come to simply warm the bench and pick up a fat pay-cheque - but instead he will offer a serious challenge to his major rival.
I'm sure I will improve as a player whether I play every week or not, but I didn't come here to warm the bench.
The 16-year-old (left) had been expecting to just warm the bench but was given a late run-out.
CRAIG SMITH insists he has no intentions of travelling to South Africa to warm the bench.
But I am annoyed when I'm fit and I only warm the bench.
Having been dropped for Rangers CIS Cup win over Aberdeen, Novo looks set to warm the bench for the second successive game, while Hernandez is struggling with a kidney infection.