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[bak-ben-cher, -ben-]
  1. any of the members of a legislature, especially of the House of Commons of Great Britain, but not including the leaders of the parties.
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Origin of backbencher

First recorded in 1905–10; back bench + -er1
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  1. British, Australian and NZ a Member of Parliament who does not hold office in the government or opposition
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Word Origin and History for backbencher


1874 in the House of Commons sense, from back (adj.) + bench (n.); occupants of the rear seats being the least-prominent politicians.

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