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front bench

n.
The first bench on either side of the aisle in a parliament, reserved for ministers and leaders of the principal political parties.

front′-bench′er (-bĕnch′ər) n.

front bench

n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy)
a. the foremost bench of either the Government or Opposition in the House of Commons
b. the leadership (frontbenchers) of either group, who occupy this bench
c. (as modifier): a front-bench decision.
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the leadership of the government or opposition in various legislative assemblies
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.front bench - any of the front seats in the House of Commons that are reserved for ministers or former ministers
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

front bench

n (Brit) (Pol) the front bench (government ministers) → i ministri pl; (opposition leaders) i principali esponenti dell'opposizione
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Folks got up everywheres in the crowd, and worked their way just by main strength to the mourners' bench, with the tears running down their faces; and when all the mourners had got up there to the front benches in a crowd, they sung and shouted and flung themselves down on the straw, just crazy and wild.
On the front benches were already a number of venerable figures, muffled in ermine, velvet, and scarlet.
There was some sympathetic laughter on his entrance among the front benches of well-dressed spectators, as though the demonstration of the students in this instance was not unwelcome to them.
SIR David Attenborough has been urged to swap Planet Earth for the political front benches after he came top in a poll to find Britain's favourite celebrity Prime Minister.
ShPpa SIR David Attenborough has been urged to swap Planet Earth for the political front benches after he came top in a poll to find Britain's favourite celebrity Prime Minister.
It has been a real honour to work on the front benches of the Labour Party both in government and opposition.