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English definition of “twelfth man”

twelfth man

noun [C] uk (plural twelfth men) (also 12th man)   UK us  
in a cricket team, a reserve (= extra player)CricketGeneral terms used in ball sports used to refer to the football supporters at a game when they are giving good support to their team and have the same value as an extra player
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