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

  • n. The first bench on either side of the aisle in a parliament, reserved for ministers and leaders of the principal political parties.

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  • n. In the House of Commons, either of two benches nearest the floor of the chamber, one occupied by the members of the Cabinet and the other by the Shadow Cabinet.
  • n. Those Members of Parliament occupying the front benches.


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  • When she sat on the front bench of the Brushwood schoolhouse, Pete had been one of the big boys at the back of the room.

    A Girl of the Limberlost


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