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by the gross
In large quantities. Although this definition is broad, a "gross," when used as a unit of measure, equals 12 dozen. We definitely have more paper towels somewhere in the house—my mom practically buys them by the gross.
To disgust or repulse (someone). A noun or pronoun can be used between "gross" and "out." I could never be a nurse—blood just grosses me out too much. I was really grossed out by that movie. The gore was so disgusting.
To increase the net amount of some financial figure or payment in order to include or account for deductions, such as taxes. A noun or pronoun can be used between "gross" and "up." You'll want to gross up all your profits when reporting them at the end of the year. My employers grossed me up by $3,000 that month to account for travel expenses and new equipment I would need to buy.
1. modifier Eliciting a strong feeling of disgust or revulsion, usually intentionally. With its paper-thin plot and gross-out humor, this movie will only appeal to the most juvenile of audiences.
2. noun Some thing, event, or situation that elicits a strong feeling of disgust or revulsion, whether intentionally or not. That new horror movie isn't even scary, it's just trying to be a big gross-out. There's a piece of meat in the fridge that's completely rotten. What a gross-out!
(That is) very disgusting, nauseating, or repellant. A: "I stepped in dog poo while I was out for my walk." B: "So gross! People who don't pick up after their dogs should be put in jail!" Your room is so gross. Do you ever clean?
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gross someone out
to disgust someone. Those horrible pictures just gross me out. Jim's story totally grossed out Sally.
Sl. How disgusting! He put chocolate syrup on his pie! So gross! He's barfing! So gross!
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gross one out
Disgust or revolt one, as in Chewing gum in church grosses me out, or His explicit language grossed her out. [Slang; mid-1900s]
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by the grossin large numbers or amounts.
A gross was formerly widely used as a unit of quantity equal to twelve dozen; the word comes from the French gross douzaine , which literally means ‘large dozen’.
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To fill someone with disgust; nauseate someone: The pizza they serve at school grosses me out. The gory pictures grossed out our friends.
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mod. crude; vulgar; disgusting. (Slang only when overused.) What a gross thing to even suggest.
gross someone out
tv. to disgust someone. Jim’s story totally grossed out Sally.
1. n. something disgusting. That horror movie was a real gross-out.
2. mod. disgusting; gross. What a gross-out day this has been!
exclam. How disgusting! (California.) He put chocolate syrup on his pie! So gross!
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