back·bench (băkʹbĕnch') n.
1. Chiefly British. The rear benches in the House of Commons where junior members of Parliament sit behind government officeholders and their counterparts in the opposition party.
2. New members of Congress considered as a group: “a revolt of the backbench fueled by a powerful lobbying campaign” (Washington Post).
  back·benchʹer n.

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  • backbench — ack bench (b[a^]k b[e^]nch), n. 1. any of the seats occupied by backbenchers in the House of Commons of Great Britain. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • backbench — back|bench [ˌbækˈbentʃ] adj [only before noun] BrE a backbench Member of Parliament is an ordinary British Member of Parliament who does not have an important official position ▪ He has the support of a lot of backbench MPs. ▪ a backbench revolt …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • backbench — [[t]bæ̱kbentʃ[/t]] ADJ: ADJ n A backbench MP is a Member of Parliament who is not a minister and who does not hold an official position in his or her political party. [BRIT, AUSTRALIAN] ...the Conservative backbench MP Sir Teddy Taylor... Such a… …   English dictionary

  • backbench — UK [ˌbækˈbentʃ] / US [bækˈbentʃ] / US [ˈbækˌbentʃ] noun [countable] Word forms backbench : singular backbench plural backbenches British one of the seats in the British Parliament where ordinary Members of Parliament sit. The leading members of… …   English dictionary

  • backbench — /ˈbækbɛntʃ / (say bakbench) noun Also, back bench. 1. the non office holding parliamentary members of a political party who by tradition occupy the seats at the back of the legislature, behind the front benches where the ministers and members of… …   Australian English dictionary

  • backbench — back|bench [ bæk bentʃ, bæk,bentʃ ] noun count BRITISH one of the seats in the British Parliament where ordinary Members of Parliament sit. The leading members of each party sit on the front bench: a backbench Member of Parliament …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • backbench — noun Usage: often attributive Date: 1855 a bench in a British legislature (as the House of Commons) occupied by rank and file members compare front bench • backbencher noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • backbench — adjective Of a Member of Parliament, who sits on the backbenches, that is, who is not in the Cabinet and so has a minor role in the government. See Also: backbencher, backbenches …   Wiktionary

  • backbench — n. any of the seats on which the backbenchers sit in the House of Commons (Great Britain) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • backbench — noun (C) BrE the seats in the British parliament where ordinary MPs (MP (1)) sit: the backbenches compare frontbench …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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