a group of 12.
the dozens, Slang. a ritualized game typically engaged in by two persons each of whom attempts to outdo the other in insults directed against members of the other's family (usually used in the phrase play the dozens).
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How to use dozen in a sentence
Typically, by this time of year, we’re talking dozens per 100,000 every week.
Even with the over half-dozen shots that have now been approved around the globe, it’s unlikely that you’ll get to choose for some time yet.
Now, my Texas family buys their tamales — by the many dozens, so that they have enough to feed anyone who happens to stop by.At the end of an isolating year, even the embarrassing, frustrating, weird parts of family gatherings feel missed | Theresa Vargas | December 26, 2020 | Washington Post
In some cases, the model is being exceptionally conservative because of a lack of polling in the state, but the first dozen on the list are realistic pickup opportunities for Democrats.Democrats Are Slight Favorites To Take Back The Senate | Nate Silver (email@example.com) | September 18, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
There’s a dozen ways to end your career in Disco Elysium, and only a few actually involve solving the case.The Best Single-Player Video Games to Play Right Now | Matthew Gault | March 9, 2020 | Time
Perhaps on his own nowadays, Epstein is trying his best to webmaster over a dozen URLs.Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking | M.L. Nestel | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
A dozen Revolutionary Guards were caught deep inside Pakistan, tracking Rigi.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan | Umar Farooq | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Another picture showed him surrounded by a dozen or so fighters—some masked and others laughing.
A gifted marketer, he sent samples of the hat to merchandisers all over the West, asking for a minimum order of a dozen.
Six months after we spoke, more than two-dozen have successfully qualified, and won the same exemption.
There were at least a dozen ladies seated round the big table at the Parsonage.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
I ask for half a dozen projectors or so in every school, and for a well-stocked storehouse of films.The Salvaging Of Civilisation | H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
Before we had all fired, Fanning and a dozen of his sharpest men had again loaded, and were by our side.
We had half a dozen passengers to Ferrara; for the rest of the way, I had this extensive traveling establishment to myself.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
Our class has swelled to about a dozen persons now, and a good many others come and play to him once or twice and then go.Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
British Dictionary definitions for dozen
(preceded by a or a numeral)
twelve or a group of twelve: a dozen eggs; two dozen oranges
(as pronoun; functioning as sing or plural): give me a dozen; there are at least a dozen who haven't arrived yet
by the dozen in large quantities
See baker's dozen
talk nineteen to the dozen to talk without stopping
- See also dozens
- dozenth, adjective
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Other Idioms and Phrases with dozen
see baker's dozen; by the dozen; daily dozen; dime a dozen; six of one, half dozen of the other.
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