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 Warm as a Bat.Warming-pan. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Warming-pan (A).
One who keeps a place warm for another, i.e. holds it temporarily for another. The allusion is to the custom in public schools of making a fag warm his “superior’s” bed by lying in it till the proper occupant was ready to turn him out.   1
        “If Mr. Mellor took a judgeship, Grantham might object to become a warming-pan for ambitious lawyers.”—Newspaper paragraph, March 5th, 1886.

 Warm as a Bat.Warming-pan. 


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