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back bench

any of the rows of seats occupied by the backbenchers.
Compare front bench.
Origin of back bench
First recorded in 1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The luckless form of the youthful Lawkins, pale and scared, rose from a back bench.

    The Willoughby Captains Talbot Baines Reed
  • Seated among a crowd of workmen on a back bench I was one of his audience.

    Doctor Therne H. Rider Haggard
  • He seated himself as near to the door as he could, on the end of the back bench, already crowded.

    The New Warden Mrs. David G. Ritchie
  • I succeed in removing the back bench and sit on the bottom, where I am somewhat protected from the cutting wind.

  • A single voice from a back bench sang it once like a lone frog in a far pool.

    A Diversity of Creatures Rudyard Kipling
  • He did so, but in doing it announced that he should return and take his seat, which he did, seating himself on a back bench.

    Charles Bradlaugh: a Record of His Life and Work, Volume II (of 2) Hypatia Bradlaugh Bonner and J. M. (John Mackinnon) Robertson
  • "Reminds me of days that are no more," said the Member for Sark, looking on animated scene from modest quarters on a back bench.

  • He pointed with his finger to a group of three men high up on a back bench—Dillworth, Champion and Tomlin.

    Sonia Between two Worlds Stephen McKenna
  • He sat on the back bench, and what he wanted to know was something about the infinite.

    An Edinburgh Eleven J. M. Barrie

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