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 Twelfth Night (Shakespeare).Twelve Tables. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Each English archer carries twelve Scotchmen under his girdle. This was a common saying at one time, because the English were unerring archers, and each archer carried in his belt twelve arrows (Sir Walter Scott: Tales of a Grandfather, vii.).   1
   The Twelve. All the prelates of the Roman Catholic Church. Of course the Twelve Apostles.   2
        “The Pope identifies himself with the ‘Master,’ and addresses those 700 prelates as the ‘Twelve.’”—The Times, December 11, 1869.

 Twelfth Night (Shakespeare).Twelve Tables. 

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