twelve good men and true

twelve good men and true

Fig. a jury composed of trustworthy men. He was convicted by a jury of twelve good men and true. Not a wino in the lot.
See also: and, good, men, true, twelve

twelve good men and true

a jury. dated
A jury in a court of law was traditionally composed of twelve men. Nowadays, of course, women also sit on juries, and so this phrase is falling out of use.
See also: and, good, men, true, twelve