Definition of by the dozen in US English:

by the dozen

phrase

  • In large quantities.

    • ‘When finally one week, the half-ton truck backs up to its designated spot, with its box filled with corn picked that morning, the place swarms with eager buyers, counting out cobs by the dozen.’
    • ‘Instead of caddies popping in to have their grip altered or a new wood knocked up, there were jumpers and scarves by the dozen, a homespun formula which, like its forerunner, would soon be replicated beyond the bounds of the old town.’
    • ‘People kept trickling in by the dozen, stopping by to take a look, choosing something that caught their fancy and even placing orders for more.’
    • ‘The consultants look interested and bring out bulging files marked up ‘Salary’ and leaking ten pound notes by the dozen.’
    • ‘The Dean field operatives have purchased mountains of bottled water and granola bars, and cell phones and flashlights by the dozen.’
    • ‘Internet usership here skyrocketed from 9 million to 40 million over a year and a half, and new, commerce-related websites are sprouting up by the dozen.’
    • ‘Now that water is gushing out of the crest gates, the ancient temple near Lingasagur is attracting visitors by the dozen.’
    • ‘It's Vancouver, there are panhandlers by the dozen everywhere you look.’
    • ‘Having an address is very important, especially if you live right in the middle of the city and have people coming to see you by the dozen.’
    • ‘They came in by the dozen - middle-aged couples chaperoning their kids, the young ones waiting to see what the day was all about and, surprise, surprise, college students!’
    • ‘He would regularly invite friends by the dozen to stay, entertaining them lavishly and paying for it by selling the jewels he was regularly given by grateful foreign sovereigns.’
    • ‘Are you one of those cooks who can turn out fancy dishes by the dozen, but are at a loss when it comes to preparing traditional delights?’
    • ‘Not too coincidentally, Márquez’ book is showing up in bookstores by the dozen.’
    • ‘There is a sense in which my love of languages is a substitute for adventure - for travel and all those other ways that get you out of yourself and into the world in which you can find secret places by the dozen.’
    • ‘Try to avoid being there in the middle of the day, when tourist coaches arrive by the dozen (another good reason to stop for lunch on the way).’
    • ‘Elsewhere, live shrimp are sold by the dozen or individually, but the quantities tend to be roughly the same by any standard of sale.’
    • ‘A puck may only fly into the stands now and then, but foul balls, some of them travelling more than 100 mph, are hit by the dozen.’
    • ‘And motorists have been stopping by the dozen to enjoy the sight.’
    • ‘But in bad years fires kill by the dozen and destroy houses by the thousand.’
    • ‘The department stores are beginning to hire Santas by the dozen.’
    aplenty, in abundance, in profusion, in great quantity, in large numbers, by the dozen
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