Definition of “backbench” - English Dictionary

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“backbench” in British English

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backbenchnoun [ C usually plural ]

uk /ˌbækˈbentʃ/ us /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

(Definition of “backbench” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)