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Definitions of Tales

  1. In law, at a trial, qualified men who happen to be present taken, by permission of the judge, to make up the insufficiency in the number of the jurors, occasioned by challenges or other causes. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  2. Persons added to a jury, commonly from those in or about the courthouse, to make up any deficiency in the number of jurors regularly summoned, being like, or such as, the latter. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. Persons of a like reputation; persons in court from whom the sheriff is to select men to supply any defect of jurors who are empanelled, but may not appear or be challenged. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

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Usage examples for Tales

  1. He had not thought of this before, but now he could not think his pleasure would be quite the same if they sat together in state in that drawing- room he knew so well, while she told him the tales he had learned to delight in. – A Man's Hearth by Eleanor M. Ingram
  2. He would not tell tales not he. – Leonore Stubbs by L. B. Walford
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