Removed from a game or removed from play; can be applied to any situation where one is not permitted to participate in an activity.
Derived from the sporting world where players often sit on a bench when not playing. A player can be benched for many reasons including but not limited to: playing or performing poorly or sucking, disobeying the coach or leader, unsportsmanlike conduct, not following the game plan, showing up late, etc.
Coach says I'm benched because I can't catch today.
Man I thought I had a chance with that cute girl over there but she totally benched me.
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