warm the bench

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Verb1.warm the bench - be out of the game; "Miller was riding the bench in Saturday's game"
athletics, sport - an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition
laze, slug, idle, stagnate - be idle; exist in a changeless situation; "The old man sat and stagnated on his porch"; "He slugged in bed all morning"
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7 has not been bought in to warm the bench, and he will become an integral part of the attack over the weeks, months and years ahead.
1 and the ex-Norwich City man didn't come to Villa to simply warm the bench.
Podolski has yet to play a 90-minute Premier League match this season, and is clearly irked at having to warm the bench for Arsene Wenger.
The former Kilmarnock winger has made just five starts since arriving in August and has been forced to warm the bench.
Look at Mark Schwarzer at Chelsea who is nearly 40 and happy to warm the bench for Petr Cech, but at the same time Jose Mourinho knows he has an experienced and trustworthy deputy for Cech if he is ever required to step in.
He admitted it was frustrating to warm the bench but it was an amazing franchise to be a part of, the report added.
After being left to warm the bench on Sunday, Papiss Cisse will be itching to get back into action and show what he can do, so I am going to take the 9-2 on offer for him to score two or more.
But Healy can expect to be cast into the international wilderness if he continues to warm the bench - either at Rangers or elsewhere.
Although he has misgivings, the coach agrees to let Gunner warm the bench as the third-string quarterback because of his tremendous passing ability.