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show bench (plural show benches)

  1. A bench or stand on which entries are placed at dog or other animal shows, horticultural shows, fairs, and similar events.
    • 1944, Emily Carr, The House of All Sorts, "Kennel," [1]
      Billie's Bobtail half was crammed with the loyalty, lovableness, wisdom, courage and kindness of the breed. His something-else half was negligible, though it debarred him from the show bench.
    • 2015, Val Bourne, "How one man is intent on saving the lesser known varieties of dahlia," The Telegraph, 9 October, 2015, [2]
      'Westerton Folly’ a resplendent pink-purple, glows in the border and does equally well on the show bench.