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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.
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(Parliamentary Procedure) Brit and Austral and NZ a Member of Parliament who does not hold office in the government or opposition
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back•bench•er(ˈbækˈbɛn tʃər, -ˌbɛn-)
a member of the British Parliament or a similar legislative body who is not a party leader.
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|Noun||1.||backbencher - a member of the House of Commons who is not a party leader|
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
legislator - someone who makes or enacts laws
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backbencher[ˌbækˈbɛntʃər] (British, Australian) n → député m membre du parlement sans portefeuille
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