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backbencher (n.)

1897 in a parliamentary context (originally Canadian), from back bench (1874 in this sense), from back (adj.) + bench (n.); occupants of the rear seats being the least-prominent politicians.

updated on March 16, 2017

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Definitions of backbencher from WordNet

backbencher (n.)
a member of the House of Commons who is not a party leader;
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