front bench

noun

Definition of front bench 

: either of the two benches nearest the chair in a British legislature (such as the House of Commons) occupied by government and opposition leaders also : the leaders themselves — compare backbench

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front-bencher \ˈfrənt-ˈben-chər \ noun

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He challenged the views of his party's front bench.

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May defended her Brexit plan to lawmakers in the House of Commons on Monday, with Johnson absent from his usual place on the Conservative front bench. Danica Kirka, The Seattle Times, "Boris Johnson quits as UK’s May faces mounting Brexit crisis," 10 July 2018 Minutes after Johnson quit, May defended her Brexit plan to lawmakers in the House of Commons — with Johnson absent from his usual place on the Conservative front bench. Washington Post, "Boris Johnson quits UK government in mounting Brexit crisis," 9 July 2018 Powell was sacked from the Tories’ front bench—and still does. The Economist, "“Rivers of blood”: the lasting legacy of a poisonous speech," 19 Apr. 2018 The current Tory front bench is a row of exhausted molehills. The Economist, "Meet the Conservative Party’s new torchbearers," 7 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of front bench

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

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front bench

noun

English Language Learners Definition of front bench

: the front row of seats on both sides in a British legislature (such as the House of Commons) where the leaders sit; also : the leaders themselves

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