or bench warm·er, bench-warm·er
[ bench-wawr-mer ]
/ ˈbɛntʃˌwɔr mər /
a substitute who rarely gets to play in a game.
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Examples from the Web for bench-warmer
He may not even be called a bench-warmer—the bench is already warm.Prowling about Panama|George A. Miller
Word Origin and History for bench-warmer
1892, baseball slang; see bench.
The days for "bench-warmers" with salaries are also past. ["New York Sporting News," Jan. 9, 1892]
Old English had bencsittend "one who sits on a bench."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper