Definition of back bench noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


back bench

BrE BrE//ˌbæk ˈbentʃ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌbæk ˈbentʃ//
[usually plural] Parliament
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(in the House of Commons in Britain, and in certain other parliaments) any of the seats for Members of Parliament who do not have senior positions in the government or the other parties He resigned as Home Secretary and returned to the back benches. back-bench MPs compare front bench See related entries: Parliament