bench press


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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Reaction to Price's injury: The big news around Ohio State at the combine has been center Billy Price's injury during the bench press on Thursday. Tim Bielik,, "Marcus Baugh's bold proclamation grounded in reality: 5 things from the 2018 NFL combine," 2 Mar. 2018 Hand also got 28 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, which was 10th-best among defensive linemen. Matt Zenitz,, "Da'Shawn Hand headed to Detroit Lions, reunited with Bo Davis," 28 Apr. 2018 Among linebackers at the NFL combine, Jefferson tied for the second-most bench press reps (27 at 225 pounds), ran the third-fastest 40-yard dash (4.52 seconds), and completed the fourth-longest broad jump (125 inches). Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Jefferson hopes to fulfill his potential in NFL," 25 Apr. 2018 Price suffered a partially torn left pectoral muscle while doing the bench press at the NFL combine on March 1 and had surgery on March 6. Doug Lesmerises,, "Doctor clears Billy Price to be ready for training camp after pectoral injury," 25 Apr. 2018 The weekend at the NFL Combine has belonged to UCF's Shaquem Griffin, who followed up Saturday's remarkable bench press, with the fastest 40-yard dash time for a LB since 2003. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Shaquem Griffin shows his heart is off the charts at NFL scouting combine," 4 Mar. 2018 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,, "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,, "New York Jets sign 3 former Auburn players as undrafted free agents," 28 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of bench press

1953, in the meaning defined above

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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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