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