to ride the bench

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - ride the bench

"to ride the bench"

be a secondary or substitute participant;

wait one's turn to participate


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - ride the bench

"to ride the bench"

in sports: for a player who is not among the best players on a team to remain out of play during a game


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - ride the bench

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Frank is getting so old. He can barely make a decent sales pitch anymore.

Colleague 2:  Have you been given the chance to make pitches?

Colleague 1:  Not at all and I pretty well know all that Frank does. Not to mention that I am using technology to perfect the technique.

Colleague 2:  Sounds like you are getting tired of riding the bench.

Colleague 1:  I suppose Frank will retire eventually and then I will get my chance.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - ride the bench

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  How was the game?

Friend 2:  Same as always. I sat and rode the bench.

Friend 1:  You didn't get to play at all?

Friend 2:  I didn't step on the ice once.

to ride the bench - Usage:


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to ride the bench - Gerund Form:

Riding the bench for years waiting for the boss to retire is hardly a career.

Riding the bench can be a frustrating experience.

to ride the bench - Examples:

1)  ... he hasn't played for over a year now, just riding the bench all this time.

2)  ... goaltending isn't up to snuff simply because they were riding the bench for other goaltenders instead of facing talent. 

3)  The club veteran complained in a scathing television interview of riding the bench far too often, and said he warranted "more respect".

4)  ... right decision when he opted for more first-team opportunities, rather than riding the bench in a big club such as ...

5)  ... and yet, somewhere along the pathway, they either forgot he's riding the bench or just simply forgot he's on the roster.

6)  ... the 35-year-old spoke on the eve of the season of not wanting to ride the bench for long periods.

7)  Even those who ride the bench regularly tell us that they are injured.

8)  ... and one simply can not see a player of his stature willing to ride the bench, playing second-fiddle to ...

9)  The sacrifice seems futile when they call you only to ride the bench, knowing there are players below your level, playing ahead of you.

10)  How could someone who can't even ride the bench at club level be given the nod ahead of a player who plays week-in week-out ...

11)  He rode the bench in the first Test before being drafted into the playing eleven for the second in ...

12)  He rode the bench for a long time but kept on working hard to be a regular and it ...

13)  The Aussie had rode the bench for the entire 2013 season after being bought for a million dollars by the ...

14)  Having rode the bench for most of this season, the Italian has finally got a consistent amount of ...

15)  ... was unused as he rode the bench.

16)  The absolute bolter of this squad rides the bench as the ultimate utility player.

17)  ... huge drop in his fantasy tallies from the last few seasons when he rides the bench at ...

18)  ... his way into the first team, and even now, he periodically rides the bench

19)  Now a shadow of the player he was at Anfield and who frequently rides the bench much as ...

20)  ... make ill-fated transfers to Germany and then Russia, where he now frequently rides the bench for ...