backbench


back·bench

noun, often attributive \-ˈbench\

: a seat in the British Parliament that is held by an ordinary member

Full Definition of BACKBENCH

:  a bench in a British legislature (as the House of Commons) occupied by rank-and-file members — compare front bench
back·bench·er \-ˈben-chər\ noun

Examples of BACKBENCH

  1. the Prime Minister's supporters on the backbenches

First Known Use of BACKBENCH

1799

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