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Meaning of “backbench” in the English Dictionary

"backbench" in British English

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backbenchnoun [C usually plural]

uk   us   /ˌbækˈbentʃ/
(the ​seats used by) ​members of the British Parliament who do not have ​officialpositions in the ​government or in an ​opposingpoliticalparty: The ​primeministerexpectsstrongsupport from theLabour backbenches. a backbench ​revolt
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