Back bench

any of the rows of seats occupied by the backbenchers.
Contemporary Examples

All the bed wetters and second guessers are now weighing in from the back bench.
In Defense of Clint Eastwood: Oddity Aside, GOP Convention Succeeded Mark McKinnon August 30, 2012

Historical Examples

The luckless form of the youthful Lawkins, pale and scared, rose from a back bench.
The Willoughby Captains Talbot Baines Reed

Seated among a crowd of workmen on a back bench I was one of his audience.
Doctor Therne H. Rider Haggard

He seated himself as near to the door as he could, on the end of the back bench, already crowded.
The New Warden Mrs. David G. Ritchie

I succeed in removing the back bench and sit on the bottom, where I am somewhat protected from the cutting wind.
Trans-Himalaya, Vol. 1 (of 2) Sven Hedin

A single voice from a back bench sang it once like a lone frog in a far pool.
A Diversity of Creatures Rudyard Kipling

He did so, but in doing it announced that he should return and take his seat, which he did, seating himself on a back bench.
Charles Bradlaugh: a Record of His Life and Work, Volume II (of 2) Hypatia Bradlaugh Bonner and J. M. (John Mackinnon) Robertson

“Reminds me of days that are no more,” said the Member for Sark, looking on animated scene from modest quarters on a back bench.
Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, March 18, 1914 Various

He pointed with his finger to a group of three men high up on a back bench—Dillworth, Champion and Tomlin.
Sonia Between two Worlds Stephen McKenna

He sat on the back bench, and what he wanted to know was something about the infinite.
An Edinburgh Eleven J. M. Barrie


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