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English definition of “backbencher”

backbencher

noun [C] uk   /ˌbækˈben.tʃər/ us    /-tʃɚ/

backbencher noun [C] (MP)

a member of the UK parliament who does not have any official position in the government or in one of the opposing parties: The advantage of being a backbencher is that you can speak your mind.
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backbencher noun [C] (STUDENT)

Indian English (also back-bencher) a student who does not work hard or is not successful
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