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n. (used with a sing. verb) Chiefly British
A merely formal office applied for by members of Parliament when they wish to resign from the House of Commons.
[Short for Stewardship of the Chiltern Hundreds tracts of crown lands in south-central England including the Chiltern Hills.]
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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (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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