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Chiltern Hundreds

[chil-tern] /ˈtʃɪl tərn/
plural noun, British
1.
certain crown lands, the stewardship of which is nominally bestowed on a member of the House of Commons to provide an excuse to resign, as members are not allowed to hold titular office from the crown.
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2.
to apply for the Chiltern Hundreds, to resign or express a desire to resign from the House of Commons.
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Chiltern Hundreds

plural noun
1.
(in Britain) short for Stewardship of the Chiltern Hundreds; a nominal office that an MP applies for in order to resign his seat
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