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warm the bench

Of a player or players in a team sport, to be situated on the perimeter of the playing area (often literally seated on a bench) but not actively participating in play. The term can refer to players who are available to play or those who are ineligible due to injury, suspension, etc. The players warming the bench might have a big impact on this game if the starters need to come out. He's been warming the bench all season due to problems with his hip. If she gets another penalty, she'll be warming the bench for the rest of the game.
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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]
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When Tony Warner arrived at Cardiff City from Millwall he quickly stressed he was not at Ninian Park to warm the bench. It was fighting talk, but the bloopers he dropped in the pre-season friendly against Lazio and the recent league clash at Ipswich suggested he may have to be content warming the bench for longer than he would have liked.
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. (ANI)
I am talking about he half a dozen full internationals that regularly warm the bench or the stands.
"But I didn't come here to warm the bench. I'm ambitious and I haven't come out here for any other reason than to play in the world's best team.
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.
Boss Sir Alex Ferguson has already warned that O'Shea may have to find a new position in the team, but the likelihood is that he will warm the bench.
AFTER enduring a 14-hour flight to warm the bench last weekend, Dundee defender Jonay Hernandez will barely notice the trip to Rugby Park.