back bench

noun
: a bench in the British House of Commons or House of Lords occupied by backbenchers

he would leave the shadow cabinet and return to the freedom of the back benches — Denis Healey

— compare front bench

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • back-bench — backˈ bench adjective Of or sitting on the back benches, the seats in parliament occupied by members who do not hold office • • • Main Entry: ↑back * * * back|bench or back bench «BAK BEHNCH», noun, adjective. –n. a rear seat, especially that of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • back|bench — or back bench «BAK BEHNCH», noun, adjective. –n. a rear seat, especially that of a back bencher: »Rumours of revolt on the Government back benches always make for more excitement (Punch). –adj. of, having to do with, or designating a backbencher… …   Useful english dictionary

  • back-bench|er — back|bench|er or back bench|er «BAK BEHN chuhr», noun. 1. a member of the British House of Commons who is not one of the leaders of his party: »... for once the back benchers, the private members who hold no Government or party office, have… …   Useful english dictionary

  • back|bench|er — or back bench|er «BAK BEHN chuhr», noun. 1. a member of the British House of Commons who is not one of the leaders of his party: »... for once the back benchers, the private members who hold no Government or party office, have dominated the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • back-bench — adj. Back bench is used with these nouns: ↑rebel …   Collocations dictionary

  • back bench — any of the rows of seats occupied by the backbenchers. Cf. front bench. [1870 75] * * * …   Universalium

  • back bench — row of seats occupied by new members of the British Parliament …   English contemporary dictionary

  • back·bench — …   Useful english dictionary

  • bench — noun 1 long seat ADJECTIVE ▪ empty ▪ long ▪ narrow ▪ hard ▪ cushioned, padded …   Collocations dictionary

  • back — n., adv., v., & adj. n. 1 a the rear surface of the human body from the shoulders to the hips. b the corresponding upper surface of an animal s body. c the spine (fell and broke his back). d the keel of a ship. 2 a any surface regarded as… …   Useful english dictionary

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