American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Sports A substitute player.
- n. alternative spelling of bench-warmer.
“Flashy Blazers benchwarmer Sergio Rodriguez has been traded to Sacramento, pretty much for nothing.”
“Comeback after comeback, always improbable, unorthodox, lifting the Broncos from punch lines into playoff contenders, and Tebow from a benchwarmer into a consuming national conversation.”
“The official noted that Gates does not see himself as a benchwarmer secretary who remains in office to get the military comfortable with Obama so that the president-elect can then appoint a Democrat to the position.”
“Still on the list but dropping from last year are LeBron (No. 2 to No. 9), whose 2010 "Decision" didn't please many fans, and Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow (No. 3 to No. 10), who went from college star and first round NFL draft pick to mostly benchwarmer as a rookie.”
“Fitzpatrick's six-year odyssey from backup benchwarmer to franchise quarterback is inspiring and a true testament to his character.”
“At the moment, however, Knapp is focused on guiding the team through its first full schedule along with Coach Moss, a graduate student in international affairs and former Division III benchwarmer at Whitman College.”
“With Obama and the Democrats in office, he is even more likely to be an obscure benchwarmer.”
“A benchwarmer like Roxy Huber at Department of Revenue negatively impacts every business in the state.”
“Isobel scowled as she was unceremoniously handed the role of benchwarmer.”
“Coach Rex Ryan recalled how he once had a coach who insisted on starting a benchwarmer in his return to his hometown.”
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