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benchwarmer

[bench-wawr-mer] /ˈbɛntʃˌwɔr mər/
noun, Sports.
1.
a substitute who rarely gets to play in a game.
Also, bench warmer, bench-warmer.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; bench + warmer
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Word Origin and History for bench-warmer
bench-warmer
1892, baseball slang; see bench.
"The days for 'bench-warmers' with salaries are also past." ["New York Sporting News," Jan. 9, 1892]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for bench-warmer

benchwarmer

noun phrase

A person not among the most active and important members of an enterprise; esp a substitute athlete who seldom plays (1880s+ Theater)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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