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backbencher

[bak-ben-cher, -ben-] /ˈbækˈbɛn tʃər, -ˌbɛn-/
noun
1.
any of the members of a legislature, especially of the House of Commons of Great Britain, but not including the leaders of the parties.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10; back bench + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for backbencher

backbencher

/ˈbækˈbɛntʃə/
noun
1.
(Brit & Austral, NZ) a Member of Parliament who does not hold office in the government or opposition
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Word Origin and History for backbencher
n.

1874 in the House of Commons sense, from back (adj.) + bench (n.); occupants of the rear seats being the least-prominent politicians.

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Slang definitions & phrases for backbencher

backbencher

noun

An occupant of a rear seat in a legislature; an obscure legislator •Still chiefly British: No one I know of in modern times has gone from being a backbencher to being this much in the center of things in that short a time (1874+ British)


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