Definition of by the dozen in US English:

by the dozen

phrase

  • In large quantities.

    • ‘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).’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘Now that water is gushing out of the crest gates, the ancient temple near Lingasagur is attracting visitors by the dozen.’
    • ‘And motorists have been stopping by the dozen to enjoy the sight.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Elsewhere, live shrimp are sold by the dozen or individually, but the quantities tend to be roughly the same by any standard of sale.’
    • ‘The Dean field operatives have purchased mountains of bottled water and granola bars, and cell phones and flashlights by the dozen.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The department stores are beginning to hire Santas by the dozen.’
    • ‘It's Vancouver, there are panhandlers by the dozen everywhere you look.’
    • ‘The consultants look interested and bring out bulging files marked up ‘Salary’ and leaking ten pound notes by the dozen.’
    • ‘But in bad years fires kill by the dozen and destroy houses by the thousand.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Not too coincidentally, Márquez’ book is showing up in bookstores by the dozen.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    aplenty, in abundance, in profusion, in great quantity, in large numbers, by the dozen
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