by the dozen

by the dozen

in groups of 12. (Compare this with by the dozens.) Eggs are normally sold by the dozen.
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by the dozen

in large numbers He would sit all day in the dark watching videos by the dozen.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of by the dozen (in groups of twelve)
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by the dozen

if something is being produced by the dozen, large numbers of that thing are being produced The government is producing new policies by the dozen.
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by the dozen

Also, by the hundred or thousand . According to a definite quantity, as in She's buying tapes by the dozen. This usage is generally employed for some kind of rate. A 1950 film about efficiency expert Frank Gilbreth and his family was entitled Cheaper by the Dozen. [c. 1300]
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References in classic literature ?
In the midst of them, the hangman, ever busy and ever worse than useless, was in constant requisition; now, stringing up long rows of miscellaneous criminals; now, hanging a housebreaker on Saturday who had been taken on Tuesday; now, burning people in the hand at Newgate by the dozen, and now burning pamphlets at the door of Westminster Hall; to-day, taking the life of an atrocious murderer, and to-morrow of a wretched pilferer who had robbed a farmer's boy of sixpence.
Their tender and hilarious memoirs, Cheaper by the Dozen and Belles on Their Toes, have been beloved reader favorites for generations.
Cheaper by the Dozen , an instant classic upon its original publication in 1948, chronicles the Gilbreths' unorthodox upbringing.
The sequel to Cheaper by the Dozen, Belles on Their Toes , follows up on the Gilbreths after Dad's death as the ever-enterprising Mother takes over her late husband's business while managing her oversized brood.
Cheaper by the Dozen will be released as part of Open Road's Iconic Ebooks imprint, a designation reserved for titles that have universal name recognition whether as memoir, popular fiction, literary fiction, or nonfiction.
IF THE 2003 remake of ``Cheaper by the Dozen'' felt like an overstuffed episode of ``The Brady Bunch'' without the emotional resonance, its sequel, the inventively titled ``Cheaper by the Dozen 2,'' takes the idea of ensemble casting to new heights.
And that tear Martin sheds at the end of this film probably came from remembering a time when he made movies for guys like Ron Howard instead of cashing paychecks for movies like ``Cheaper by the Dozen 2.
The ``Cheaper by the Dozen 2'' offspring have stars Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt surrounded.
The Chronicle is searching for the region's largest family to feature in the paper and snap up free tickets to the film Cheaper by the Dozen.
We have teamed up with the Odeon Cinema in Newcastle to offer a larger-than-life family the chance to appear in the paper and see the film, Steve Martin's latest, and take home Cheaper by the Dozen merchandise.
2 -- 3) Steve Martin, left, plays a football coach who could field an entire squad with his own family (pictured) in ``Cheaper by the Dozen,'' a remake of the 1950 film.
4) Steve Martin, right, endures a school conference thanks to twin sons Shane, left, and Brent Kinsman, in ``Cheaper by the Dozen.
We only have five choices of love by the dozen, and the phone hasn't stopped ringing in weeks.
A 40- foot trailer is parked behind the San Fernando restaurant where tamales are stored, ready to be steamed and sold by the dozen.