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Baker's dozen   /bˈeɪkərz dˈəzən/   Listen
Baker's dozen

The cardinal number that is the sum of twelve and one.  Synonyms: 13, long dozen, thirteen, XIII.

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"Baker's dozen" Quotes from Famous Books

... exclamation in the stern-sheets of the barge, which, as nautical convention requires, was lying motionless, oars horizontal, a ship's-length away; when, lo and behold, as a kind of appendix to the previous proceedings, bang! bang! went two more guns, filling the baker's dozen. It was, of course, somewhat limping, but ...
— From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life • Captain A. T. Mahan

... boys. Bread was sold also by female hucksters or regratresses, who received it from the bakers and delivered it from house to house. They were allowed to have thirteen batches for twelve, which is the origin of the phrase "baker's dozen," and the extra batch represented their legitimate profit; but a practice grew up whereby they obtained sixpence on Monday mornings as estrene, and threepence on Fridays as "curtasie money." This was disallowed by ordinance ...
— The Customs of Old England • F. J. Snell

... first confided the great wish of my early manhood. It is hard for parents to bid a son go forth to do service upon the battlefield, but New England in those times responded cheerfully and nobly to Mr. Lincoln's call. The Eighth Massachusetts cavalry was the regiment I enlisted in; a baker's dozen of us boys went together from the quiet little village nestling in the shadow of Mount Holyoke. From Camp Andrew I wrote back a piteous letter, complaining of the horse that had been assigned to me; I wanted Royal; we had been inseparable ...
— Second Book of Tales • Eugene Field

Words linked to "Baker's dozen" :   xiii, large integer, long dozen

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