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Definition of twelfth man in English:


A player nominated to act as a reserve in a game, typically carrying out duties such as fielding as a substitute, taking out drinks, etc.
Example sentences
  • At cricket grounds people seem most excited by the chance to glimpse a famous face - even if it's the twelfth man carrying a water bottle or a TV commentator stretching his legs.
  • The teams will include a nominated captain and a twelfth man.
  • In the evening as we sat on the large veranda, a discussion took place about the twelfth man being really only good for carrying drinks.
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