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back·bench

 (băk′bĕnch′)
n.
1. Chiefly British The rear benches in the House of Commons where junior members of Parliament sit behind government officeholders and their counterparts in the opposition party.
2. New members of Congress considered as a group.

back·bench′er n.

backbench

(ˈbækbɛntʃ)
adj
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) Brit and Austral and NZ involving backbenchers: a backbench MP.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.backbench - any of the seats occupied by backbenchers in the House of Commonsbackbench - any of the seats occupied by backbenchers in the House of Commons
seat - any support where you can sit (especially the part of a chair or bench etc. on which you sit); "he dusted off the seat before sitting down"
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
Translations

backbench

[ˈbækˈbentʃ] ADJ [committee, revolt] → de los diputados sin cargo oficial; [MP] → sin cargo oficial

backbench

[ˈbækbɛntʃ] (British, Australian) modif [opinion, debate] → des députés de base; [rebellion] → des députés de base
backbench MP → député m membre du parlement sans portefeuille
the Conservative backbench MP Sir Teddy Taylor → le député conservateur Sir Teddy Taylor
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