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English definition of “backbench”

backbench

noun [C usually plural]     /ˌbækˈbentʃ/
(the seats used by) members of the British Parliament who do not have official positions in the government or in an opposing political party: The prime minister expects strong support from the Labour backbenches. a backbench revolt → Compare front benchGovernment administration and organisation
(Definition of backbench noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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