backbench

noun, often attributive back·bench \ -ˈbench \
Updated on: 7 Nov 2017

Definition of backbench

:a bench in a British legislature (such as the House of Commons) occupied by rank-and-file members — compare front bench

backbencher

play \-ˈben-chər\ noun

Examples of backbench in a Sentence

  1. the Prime Minister's supporters on the backbenches

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First Known Use of backbench

1799


BACKBENCH Defined for English Language Learners

backbench

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Definition of backbench for English Language Learners

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



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