backbencher Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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backbenchernoun [C]

uk   /ˌbækˈben.tʃər/  us   /-tʃɚ/

backbencher noun [C] (MP)

a ​member of the UK ​parliament who does not have any ​officialposition in the ​government or in one of the ​opposingparties: The ​advantage of being a backbencher is that you can ​speakyourmind.

backbencher noun [C] (STUDENT)

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