bench jockey


: benchwarmer
especially : one who rides members of the opposing team from the bench

Examples of bench jockey in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yogi faced a constant stream of insults and slurs — from the fans, bench jockeys, the media and from his teammates. John Williams, New York Times, 12 Apr. 2020 Chapman - a notorious racist and anti-Semitic bench jockey - had spiked Myer, and their fight drew in teammates and even fans. Marc Bona,, 1 July 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bench jockey was in 1925

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“Bench jockey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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