anxious bench

variants: or

anxious seat

Definition of anxious bench

  1. 1 :  a seat near the pulpit reserved at some revival meetings for persons especially concerned about their spiritual condition —called also mourners' bench

  2. 2 :  a state of worry or anxiety caused by uncertainty everybody was kept on the anxious seat by this system of perpetual probation — Alva Johnston

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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