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

Other Words from front bench

front-bencher \ ˈfrənt-​ˈben-​chər How to pronounce front bench (audio) \ noun

Examples of front bench in a Sentence

He challenged the views of his party's front bench.
Recent Examples on the Web Brook Park Branch, 6155 Engle Road, and Brook Park Botanical and Garden Club, will team up to create an attractive garden area along the south side of the library building, and to place a planter beside the library’s front bench. Rich Heileman, cleveland, 8 Apr. 2022 The Ram's wide front bench makes sitting three across easier than it's been since the '70s. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, 17 Nov. 2021 But hey—cars and romance have a rich and storied intertwined history, from the days when most vehicles came with front bench seats and voluminous back seat playgrounds. Jim Gorzelany, Forbes, 24 Sep. 2021 Sohel took a grim satisfaction in watching the manager clamber up onto the front bench seat, his dignity ruffled. Daniyal Mueenuddin, The New Yorker, 31 Aug. 2021 She was first elected to Parliament in 1964—an annus mirabilis for all things progressive—and spent much of the next 15 years on the front bench. The Economist, 15 Apr. 2021 The problem affects vehicles with the 40/20/40 split-folding front bench seats, not those with front bucket seats, according to the NHTSA defect report. Laura Sky Brown, Car and Driver, 29 Dec. 2020 The option of what is effectively a fold-up jumpseat in the front means the 90 can carry six passengers—all hail the return of the front bench seat—although anyone in the middle up front will have to bend their knees around the dashboard console. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 29 Oct. 2020 The issue even prompted a shake-up of the Liberal front bench this summer. Kait Bolongaro, Bloomberg.com, 17 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of front bench

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of front bench was circa 1889

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“Front bench.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/front%20bench. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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