take the bench


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take the bench

To be appointed as a judge in a court of law. The newest judge of the Supreme Court first took the bench in 1987. We are pleased to announce that Mr. Sherman Oaks will be taking the bench in our federal courthouse this February.
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take the bench

Law
1. To become a judge.
2. To preside in court: The judge took the bench to hear the plaintiff's motion.
See also: bench, take
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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