bench (n.)
governing body, court of justice
Cor III.i.106[Coriolanus to Senators, of Sicinius] who puts his 'shall', / His popular 'shall', against a graver bench / Than ever frowned in Greece
Cor III.i.166[Coriolanus to all, of Sicinius and Brutus] their obedience fails / To th'greater bench [i.e. the Senate]
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