wholesale


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wholesale \Whole"sale`\, n.
   Sale of goods by the piece or large quantity, as
   distinguished from retail.
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   By wholesale, in the mass; in large quantities; without
      distinction or discrimination.
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            Some, from vanity or envy, despise a valuable book,
            and throw contempt upon it by wholesale. --I. Watts.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wholesale \Whole"sale`\, a.
   1. Pertaining to, or engaged in, trade by the piece or large
      quantity; selling to retailers or jobbers rather than to
      consumers; as, a wholesale merchant; the wholesale price.
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   2. Extensive and indiscriminate; as, wholesale slaughter. "A
      time for wholesale trust." --Mrs. Humphry Ward.
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