- (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
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Examples from the Web for front bench
But he did not modify his front-bench attitude; it was only the well-known eyebrows that rose.The Crime Doctor
Ernest William Hornung
- the foremost bench of either the Government or Opposition in the House of Commons
- the leadership (frontbenchers) of either group, who occupy this bench
- (as modifier)a front-bench decision
- the leadership of the government or opposition in various legislative assemblies
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