- backˈ-bench adjectiveOf 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 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 or backbenchers: »
Backbench opinion can be decisive not only in matters of legislative detail, but also in times of grave crisis—witness the fall of the Chamberlain government in 1940 (Sunday Times).
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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 — 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
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