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 (tālz′mən, tā′lēz-)
n. Law
A member of a jury panel chosen from bystanders when a regularly summoned jury turns out to be insufficient in number for a scheduled trial.

[From tales, talesman, writ of tales.]
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n pl <-men> (Jur) → Ersatzgeschworene(r) mf
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And here was Daniel Kitson, travelling talesman, with his faithful minstrel, Gavin Osborn, in the very same mode, but sitting rather than standing, with a comparable self-penned tonic for grown-ups.
If the answers to the questions are willfully evasive or knowingly untrue, the talesman, when accepted, is a juror in name only.
Byron seizes the opportunity to survey the current London literary scene and, with a knowing nod to Pope's epistle To Mr Murray, (1) which opens: 'Not to Admire, is all the Art I know', treats a rival Oriental talesman to a drubbing: