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Bench

The seat of a judge in the law courts; the office of judge.

To be raised to the bench.
To be made a judge.

The King's [queen's] bench.
The Supreme Court of Common Law; so called because at one time the sovereign presided in this court, and the court followed the sovereign when he moved from one place to another. Now a division of the High Court of Judicature.

Bench

Bench of bishops. The whole body of English prelates, who sit together on a bench in the House of Lords.

To be raised to the Episcopal bench.
To be made a bishop.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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