third man

noun

Definition of third man

1 : an offside fielding position in cricket usually near the boundary and roughly in line with third slip and the striker also : a player fielding in this position
2 [translation of Greek tritos anthrōpos] : a logical paradox in which the attempt to pass from one thing to another or to relate one conception to another reveals the necessity of a third and intervening thing or conception and hence leads to an infinite regress

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“Third man.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/third%20man. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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