front bench

front bench

noun British.
1.
(in the House of Commons) either of two seats near the Speaker, on which the leaders of the major parties sit.
2.
the leaders who occupy a front bench.
Compare back bench.


Origin:
1890–95

front bencher, noun
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front bench
 
n
1.  (Brit)
 a.  the foremost bench of either the Government or Opposition in the House of Commons
 b.  the leadership (frontbenchers) of either group, who occupy this bench
 c.  (as modifier): a front-bench decision
2.  the leadership of the government or opposition in various legislative assemblies

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