bench-warmer

benchwarmer

[bench-wawr-mer]
noun Sports.
a substitute who rarely gets to play in a game.
Also, bench warmer, bench-warmer.


Origin:
1890–95; bench + warmer

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bench-warmer
1892, baseball slang; see bench.
"The days for 'bench-warmers' with salaries are also past." ["New York Sporting News," Jan. 9, 1892]
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