a substitute who rarely gets to play in a game.
Historical Examples

Prowling about Panama George A. Miller


The days for “bench-warmers” with salaries are also past. [“New York Sporting News,” Jan. 9, 1892]

Old English had bencsittend “one who sits on a bench.”


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