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bench show

a dog show in which the animals of each breed are judged and awarded prizes on the basis of standards established for that breed.
Origin of bench show
An Americanism dating back to 1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I'm no connoisseur of dogs, and was never made a judge in a bench show in my life.

    Step Lively! George Niblo
  • We like him but Ran says he wouldn't take a prize at a bench show.

    The Four Corners

    Amy Ella Blanchard
  • I was one of the official judges at the Chicago bench show in 1892, and wolfhound classes were assigned me.

  • Despite all this, their descendant was a mongrel, and barred by kennel law from any bench show.

    Buff: A Collie and other dog-stories Albert Payson Terhune
  • Though an aristocrat of the bench show, this good dog had a brain that worked quickly and a heart that knew no fear.

    The Dogs of Boytown Walter A. Dyer

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