any of the members of a legislature, especially of the House of Commons of Great Britain, but not including the leaders of the parties.
In truth, Gingrich was a backbencher during the Reagan years, lobbing bombshells at the White House in addition to Democrats.
Reagan’s Party No More Eleanor Clift August 31, 2011
(Brit & Austral, NZ) a Member of Parliament who does not hold office in the government or opposition
1874 in the House of Commons sense, from back (adj.) + bench (n.); occupants of the rear seats being the least-prominent politicians.
An occupant of a rear seat in a legislature; an obscure legislator •Still chiefly British: No one I know of in modern times has gone from being a backbencher to being this much in the center of things in that short a time (1874+ British)
an acrobatic feat in which one bends backward from a standing position until one’s hands touch the floor. noun a gymnastic exercise in which the trunk is bent backwards until the hands touch the floor
to attack the character or reputation of (a person who is not present). to speak unfavorably or slanderously of a person who is not present. Historical Examples backbite (Sir Benjamin), nephew of Crabtree, very conceited, and very censorious. Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1 The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. The […]
the outback: They live in the backblocks. Historical Examples They come down from the backblocks with perhaps a hundred pounds to spend on a week of blissful unconsciousness. Captivity M. Leonora Eyles You’ll be jolly glad to get rid of me and be off with the uncle into the backblocks. Captivity M. Leonora Eyles In […]
a board placed at or forming the back of anything. Basketball. a board or other flat vertical surface to which the basket is attached. Contemporary Examples Ramos was still showing no signs of life when they got him on a backboard and into the ambulance. ‘Please Don’t Die!’: The Frantic Battle to Save Murdered Cops […]