by the thousand

by the thousand

In huge quantities, presumably numbering several thousand. When the potato famine hit Ireland, the Irish began emigrating by the thousand.
See also: by, thousand
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The address, sponsored by the Thousand Oaks/Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce, will be given at the Thousand Oaks Inn.
The Conejo Valley Oral History Project is being sponsored by the Thousand Oaks Library Foundation.