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Chiltern Hundreds

[chil-tern]
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plural noun British.
  1. certain crown lands, the stewardship of which is nominally bestowed on a member of the House of Commons to provide an excuse to resign, as members are not allowed to hold titular office from the crown.
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  1. to apply for the Chiltern Hundreds, to resign or express a desire to resign from the House of Commons.
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Chiltern Hundreds

pl n
  1. (in Britain) short for Stewardship of the Chiltern Hundreds; a nominal office that an MP applies for in order to resign his seat
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