extended playing time

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extended playing time (uncountable)

  1. (sports) In a one-sided sporting contest, when junior varsity players (i.e., second- and third-string players) play a majority of a varsity game.
    Once the No. 1 team football built an early 56-0 lead in the game against their weak opponents, the coach - wanting to spare the opponent further embarrassment, to keep his top players from being injured and sensing his own younger players needed experience - decided to give his reserves some well-deserved extended playing time.