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Benchers

Senior members of the Inns of Court; so called from the bench on which they used to sit. They exercise the function of calling students to the bar, and have the right of expelling the obnoxious. ( See Bar, page 94, col. 1.)

“He was made successively Barrister, Utter Barrister, Bencher, and Reader.” —Wood.

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