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    I was watching an English debate the other day and the debators kept repeating the phrase "down the bench". What does it exactly mean in a debate? I have tried checking several dictionaries but in vain.

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    Ladies and gentlemen, we've been telling you down the bench today that ...

    thanks a lot

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    Default Re: down the bench?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tedwonny View Post
    I was watching an English debate the other day and the debators kept repeating the phrase "down the bench". What does it exactly mean in a debate? I have tried checking several dictionaries but in vain.

    E.g.

    Ladies and gentlemen, we've been telling you down the bench today that ...

    Thanks a lot.
    I've never heard that before. Are you absolutely sure those were the words? Is there a link to the debate online?
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tedwonny View Post
    E.g.

    Ladies and gentlemen, we've been telling you down the bench today that ...

    thanks a lot

    In context, it just sounds like they're referring to the audience?
    I'm not a teacher yet, but I am studying a Bachelor of Education with an English Literature major at Charles Sturt University, in NSW, Australia.

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    Default Re: down the bench?

    Ladies and gentlemen, we've been telling you down the bench today that ...

    Perhaps they mean those sitting on their side of the debate. They might not actually be sitting on a bench but I can imagine them referring to the "team" in that way.
    In which case it means: "We, on this side of the debate, have all been telling you that ..."

    not a teacher

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