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English definition of “front bench”

front bench

noun [C]    
one of the two rows of seats in the UK parliament used by leading members of the government and leading members of the main opposition party (= the party not in government), or the people who sit in these seats: The prime minister's reply was met with howls of laughter from the opposition front bench. a former front-bench Treasury spokeswoman → Compare backbenchGovernment administration and organisation
(Definition of front bench noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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