bench press

noun

Definition of bench press 

: a lift or exercise in which a weight is raised by extending the arms upward while lying on a bench

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bench-press \ˈbench-ˌpres \ transitive verb

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Richard Ojeda is a retired Army paratrooper with combat medals, 26 tattoos and a 300-pound bench press — no ordinary candidate for Congress. Washington Post, "Ink and iron: Stereotype-defying candidate aims to flip seat," 15 June 2018 The 6-foot-5 tackle had 15 reps in the bench press as well as a 26-inch vertical jump. Julie Boudwin, NOLA.com, "Trenton Scott plans to 'bust his tail' daily for Los Angeles Chargers: Road to the Pros," 9 May 2018 James, who did not receive an NFL Combine invite, put up 30 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press as Auburn's pro day, which would have tied for fifth among offensive linemen at the Combine. Tom Green, AL.com, "New York Jets sign 3 former Auburn players as undrafted free agents," 28 Apr. 2018 Holiday has always been long, but at the 2009 NBA Draft Combine, he was bested on the bench press by Darren Collison, Jeff Teague, and a scrawny Stephen Curry. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "The Power of Jrue Holiday," 19 Apr. 2018 Running back Ronald Jones II, defensive end Rasheem Green and edge rusher Uchenna Nwosu did individual drills; receiver Steven Mitchell Jr. and safety Chris Hawkins participated in everything, including bench press and 40-yard dash. Sam Farmer, latimes.com, "Absolutely no drop in Sam Darnold's game as he throws in rain at USC's pro day," 21 Mar. 2018 At the combine, his bench press performance — 21 reps of 225 pounds — ranked third out of 34 receivers, and his vertical jump of 38 inches ranked fourth out of 38 receivers. Aaron Reiss, kansascity, "Mizzou's J'Mon Moore drafted by Packers: 'I can’t ask for a better situation' | The Kansas City Star," 28 Apr. 2018 Ridley's combine bench press total: 15 reps of 225 pounds. Matt Zenitz, AL.com, "How a 'mini Scott Cochran' is helping Alabama's NFL draft prospects," 22 Mar. 2018 Stanford’s Harrison Phillips put up 42 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press minutes ago, the most of any player in five years. Jonathan Jones, SI.com, "24 Hours ... At the NFL Scouting Combine," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of bench press

1953, in the meaning defined above

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bench press

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bench press

: a lift or exercise in which a weight is raised by pushing your arms upward while you lie on a bench

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