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n. Sports
A substitute player on a team.
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(General Sporting Terms) sport informal US a player who is usually on the bench; reserve
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(ˈbɛntʃˌwɔr mər)

n. Sports.
a substitute who rarely gets to play in a game.
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[ˈbentʃˌwɔːməʳ] N (US) (Sport) → calientabanquillos m
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