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square leg

or square-leg

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noun Cricket.
  1. the position of a fielder on the left of the batsman and almost on the opposite side of the wicket.
  2. the fielder occupying this position.
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Origin of square leg

First recorded in 1850–55
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Examples from the Web for square leg

Historical Examples

  • Then beckon to the square-leg umpire to come and replace the bail.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 158, June 2, 1920

    Various

  • The sensation is like that of hitting a ball to square-leg, fair and full, at cricket.

    Lost Leaders

    Andrew Lang


British Dictionary definitions for square leg

square leg

noun cricket
  1. a fielding position on the on side approximately at right angles to the batsman
  2. a person who fields in this position
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