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ride the pine (or bench)

Definition of ride the pine or bench in English:

North American informal (Of an athlete) sit on the sidelines rather than participate in a game or event.
Example sentences
  • A deeper team roster has been added for each squad, boosting the number of available players that ride the pine to twenty athletes.
  • As a result, the decision of who goes north with the big-league club, who rides the bench and who gets to ride the buses in the minors has become more complex.
  • He wound up riding the bench for the Crew in the U.S. Open Cup final when Mark Dougherty was sidelined with a knee injury.
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