to warm the bench

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - warm the bench

"to warm the bench"

be a secondary or substitute participant;

wait one's turn to participate


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - warm the bench

"to warm 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 - warm 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 warming the bench.

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

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - warm the bench

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  How was the game?

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

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

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

to warm the bench - Usage:


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to warm the bench - Gerund Form:

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

Warming the bench can be a frustrating experience.

to warm the bench - Examples:

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

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

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

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

5)  ... and yet, somewhere along the pathway, they either forgot he's warming 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 warm the bench for long periods.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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