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a great gross
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Gross \Gross\, n. [F. gros (in sense 1), grosse (in sense 2). See Gross, a.] 1. The main body; the chief part, bulk, or mass. "The gross of the enemy." --Addison. [1913 Webster] For the gross of the people, they are considered as a mere herd of cattle. --Burke. [1913 Webster] 2. sing. & pl. The number of twelve dozen; twelve times twelve; as, a gross of bottles; ten gross of pens. [1913 Webster] Advowson in gross (Law), an advowson belonging to a person, and not to a manor. A great gross, twelve gross; one hundred and forty-four dozen. By the gross, by the quantity; at wholesale. Common in gross. (Law) See under Common, n. In the gross, In gross, in the bulk, or the undivided whole; all parts taken together. [1913 Webster]