garbage time


Definition of garbage time

US, sports
: the final moments or minutes of a game in which one side has an insurmountable lead, substitutes often enter the game in place of starting players, and scoring is typically easier because of looser defensive play … the forgotten foursome of Greg Kite, Fred Roberts, Sam Vicent and Conner Henry will be on call in case of extreme emergency and those meaningless minutes appropriately referred to as garbage time.— Gerry Finn One touchdown was all the Broncos' D allowed, and that came in garbage time.— Paul Zimmerman

First Known Use of garbage time

1960, in the meaning defined above

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“Garbage time.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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