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sin bin

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1(In sport) a box or bench to which offending players can be sent for a period as a penalty during a game, especially in ice hockey: his cross-check earned him two minutes in the sin bin
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  • The referee, under pressure from the home crowd, sent a Keighley player to sin bin for ten minutes for a very dubious high tackle.
  • The Broncos were a man short for the last 20 minutes after losing two players to the sin bin, but made the Bulls fight to the end.
  • It would be pointless losing player after player to the sin bin.
1.1British A place where offenders are sent for detention, punishment, or rehabilitation: sin bins for disruptive prisoners a child removed to a sin bin
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  • He could still be sent to the sin bin with time off for good behavior.
  • Any pupil who needs to be told a third time will immediately be shown a red card and forced to spend the equivalent of an entire school day in a sin bin - a classroom set aside for the punishment.
  • Well not really, because he then spent his time in the sin bin for a while, and listen, it's tough as an opposition leader.


(sin-bin) [with object] Send (a player) to a sin bin as a penalty: he was sin-binned for a professional foul
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  • Three players were sin-binned in a fiercely-fought contest.
  • However, he still enjoys playing in England and held his hands up when two of his team-mates were sin-binned during last night's game.
  • Then came Green's try from Mitchell's wayward kick, but the scorer was then sin-binned for holding on in the tackle.

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