Chiltern hundredsChiltern Hundreds
Brit. a purely nominal office held from the crown: appointment to it avoids application of the rule that members of Parliament wishing to vacate their seats may not resign
Origin of Chiltern hundredsafter the tract of crown lands in south central England containing the Chiltern Hills: see hundred (noun)
nounused with a sing. verb Chiefly British
A merely formal office applied for by members of Parliament when they wish to resign from the House of Commons.
Origin of Chiltern HundredsShort for Stewardship of the Chiltern Hundreds tracts of crown lands in south-central England including the Chiltern Hills