ride the bench

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Verb1.ride 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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It was a pity for Cruz, who was playing the best game of his Gilas career only to ride the bench when the others were busy with the mop-up job of an 84-75 win.
Eremenko revealed he would seek assurances from Locke because he is not prepared to ride the bench more often than not when his talents could be put to use elsewhere.
The Hotshots led, 68-50 with 8:08 left before Blakely was forced to ride the bench for three minutes because of a flagrant foul 1 call on Globalport counterpart CJ Leslie.