front bench

front bench
noun Date: circa 1889 either of the two benches nearest the chair in a British legislature (as the House of Commons) occupied by government and opposition leaders; also the leaders themselves — compare backbenchfront-bencher noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • front bench — ► NOUN ▪ (in the UK) the foremost seats in the House of Commons, occupied by the members of the cabinet and shadow cabinet. DERIVATIVES frontbencher noun …   English terms dictionary

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  • front bench — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms front bench : singular front bench plural front benches a) the front row of seats in the British Parliament where government ministers and senior Opposition politicians sit. Ordinary Members of Parliament sit… …   English dictionary

  • front bench — /frʌnt ˈbɛntʃ/ (say frunt bench) noun the government ministers and members of the opposition shadow cabinet, who by tradition sit on the front seats to the right and left of the presiding officer of the legislature. Also, frontbench. –frontbench …   Australian English dictionary

  • front bench — noun a) In the House of Commons, either of two benches nearest the floor of the chamber, one occupied by the members of the Cabinet and the other by the Shadow Cabinet. b) Those Members of Parliament occupying the front benches …   Wiktionary

  • front bench — long seat in the British Parliament where ministers and Opposition leaders sit …   English contemporary dictionary

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