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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