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square leg

or square-leg

noun, Cricket.
the position of a fielder on the left of the batsman and almost on the opposite side of the wicket.
the fielder occupying this position.
Origin of square leg
First recorded in 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He began by a graceful cut for two, and followed it up by a square leg hit clean out of the ground.

    The Missioner E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Roland only had three balls altogether, and off one of these he managed to get a square leg boundary.

    The Lonely Unicorn Alec Waugh
  • I may hit her with the toe of the club, when she soars to square leg, and perhaps breaks a window.

  • In cricketing parlance, she played to "cover point" or "square leg" with much impartiality.

    Geoffrey Hampstead Thomas Stinson Jarvis
  • To Chimp's intense astonishment he punished the bowling all round, pulling off balls to square leg in a shameless fashion.

  • Still Captain Culler broke a window in the Kildare street club with a slog to square leg.

    Ulysses James Joyce
British Dictionary definitions for square leg

square leg

noun (cricket)
a fielding position on the on side approximately at right angles to the batsman
a person who fields in this position
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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