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front bench

noun, British.
(used with a singular verb) (in the House of Commons) either of two seats near the Speaker, on which the leaders of the major parties sit.
(used with a singular or plural verb) the leaders who occupy a front bench.
Compare back bench.
Origin of front bench
First recorded in 1890-95
Related forms
front bencher, noun Unabridged
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front bench

  1. the foremost bench of either the Government or Opposition in the House of Commons
  2. the leadership (frontbenchers) of either group, who occupy this bench
  3. (as modifier): a front-bench decision
the leadership of the government or opposition in various legislative assemblies
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