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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chiefly British The rear benches in the House of Commons where junior members of Parliament sit behind government officeholders and their counterparts in the opposition party.
  • n. New members of Congress considered as a group: "a revolt of the backbench fueled by a powerful lobbying campaign” ( Washington Post).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. In a house of legislature following the model of the Westminster system (such as the UK House of Commons), any bench behind either of the front benches and occupied by rank-and-file members.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. any of the seats occupied by backbenchers in the House of Commons of Great Britain.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of the seats occupied by backbenchers in the House of Commons

Etymologies

From back + bench. (Wiktionary)

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