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(usually pl) (Brit) a seat in Parliament occupied by a neutral or independent member
Derived Forms
cross-bencher, noun
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Historical Examples
  • On the next night Gyda sat on the cross-bench with her women.

    Viking Tales Jennie Hall
  • King Harald and Eric stepped upon the platform, where the cross-bench was.

    Viking Tales Jennie Hall
  • Hallgerda sat upon the cross-bench on the dais, and behaved well.

  • Then Gunnar stands up, and Thrain too, and they go to the cross-bench.

  • Thorkel sate in the middle of the cross-bench, and his men away from him on all sides.

  • In that end of the hall which was opposite to the entrance was the cross-bench, dais (pallr), occupied by the women.

    The Story of Grettir The Strong Translated by Eirikr Magnusson and William Morris
  • Leif noticed two strangers, an old man who sat at Eric's side and a young woman on the cross-bench.

    Viking Tales Jennie Hall
  • Often at the feasts the men cast lots to see whether they might sit on the cross-bench with the women.

    Viking Tales Jennie Hall
  • Now men come to the feast, and Hallgerda sat upon the cross-bench, and she was a very merry bride.

  • He had been described as a type of "the cross-bench mind," and also as a Palmerstonian Liberal with a turn for individualism.

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