bench·​er | \ ˈben-chər How to pronounce bencher (audio) \

Definition of bencher

: one who sits on or presides at a bench

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Recent Examples on the Web This summer two by-elections are needed to replace Earl Baldwin of Bewdley, a former French and German teacher turned cross-bencher, and Lord Glentoran, a Tory peer who once won an Olympic gold medal in the bobsleigh. The Economist, "Peers fight for a place in the House of Lords," 21 June 2018 Kucinich did not, of course, settle into a staid role as a congressional back-bencher. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "The Eternal Recurrence of Dennis Kucinich, Candidate for Office," 30 Jan. 2018 She's been in the arena; Sanders was a mayor in Vermont, then a back-bencher in Congress. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "What Hillary Clinton still doesn't understand about Bernie Sanders," 5 Sep. 2017 And that claim involved an old, half-senile legislative back-bencher. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "Jeff Hoover, how much did those sexual harassment claims cost and who’s paying? | Gerth," 3 Nov. 2017 He was considered a powerless back-bencher, unlikely to ever join the leadership under either the self-consciously Europhilic David Cameron or any of Cameron’s likely heirs. Will Collier, National Review, "Jacob Rees-Mogg Is Finally Having His Moment," 17 July 2017 The few Democrats who have called for Trump’s impeachment are, for the most part, back-benchers with little power. Alex Shephard, New Republic, "Why Democrats in 2018 Shouldn’t Campaign to Impeach Trump," 24 May 2017 The current British Prime Minister Theresa May, then a Conservative front bencher, voted for it. Jon Schwarz, The Intercept, "British Intelligence Warned Tony Blair of Manchester-Like Terrorism if the West Invaded Iraq," 23 May 2017 Oliver, who is in his first term, has been a mostly quiet back-bencher in the Mississippi State Legislature. USA TODAY, "He said Louisiana lawmakers should be lynched for removing Confederate monuments. Now he apologizes.," 22 May 2017

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First Known Use of bencher

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Bencher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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