by the 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.
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            For the gross of the people, they are considered as
            a mere herd of cattle.                --Burke.
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   2. sing. & pl. The number of twelve dozen; twelve times
      twelve; as, a gross of bottles; ten gross of pens.
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   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.
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