front bench


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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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 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, "2021 Land Rover Defender 90 Puts the Defender In its Purest Form," 29 Oct. 2020 The issue even prompted a shake-up of the Liberal front bench this summer. Kait Bolongaro,, "Trudeau Is Preparing to Test Limits of Debt-Financed Spending," 17 Oct. 2020 Ford also says the option is available in models equipped with a front bench seat; in this configuration, the middle seatback folds to create a console, and the top of that console can slide out and rotate to create the table. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "2021 Ford F-150 Will Offer Desk-Like Surface, Sleeper Seats," 26 June 2020 There's loads of room on the front bench for the driver and right-seat passenger. Steven Cole Smith, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1995 Toyota T100 Xtracab DX Inches Closer to Becoming a Real Full-Size Pickup," 12 June 2020 Other choices include front bench or bucket seats, the full range of Ram drivetrains and either a 5-foot, 7-inch or 6-ft, 4-inch bed. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Special Southwest Edition Ram 1500 adds to pickup’s Texas-size appeal," 18 Mar. 2020 There’s a portrait of Balfour and Chamberlain, masters of Imperial Britain but at that moment slouching on the front bench of the House, listening to a gasbag. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things," 14 Mar. 2020 Mrs May’s successor now stands accused of misogyny on the front bench. The Economist, "The polarisation of politics has led to a new lexicon of insults," 3 Oct. 2019 Johnson sat on the front benches, in the middle of it all. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, "How Brexit Will End," 25 Oct. 2019

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of front bench

British : 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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