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Definition of benchwarmer noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

benchwarmer

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈbentʃwɔːmə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbentʃwɔːrmər//
 
(North American English, informal)
 
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a sports player who is not chosen to play in a particular game, but is available if their team needs them synonym substitute
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