baker's dozen


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Recent Examples on the Web Harold Castro is hitting .462 in 13 such ABs; that number isn't as lucky for Willi Castro (.231 with a home run) and Jeimer Candelario (.231), who have a baker's dozen's worth of at-bats against Singer. Tyler J. Davis, Detroit Free Press, 13 July 2022 His baker's dozen receptions were a career-high (previously 10 back on Oct. 31, 2021). Ryan Morik, Fox News, 24 Dec. 2022 The baker's dozen of black-and-white bears are among the 15 panda cubs born at the research base in 2022. Kelli Bender, Peoplemag, 30 Sep. 2022 The 13-track album tells the stories of a baker's dozen of sleepless nights scattered throughout Swift's life. Sara Netzley,, 29 Aug. 2022 The employee at the counter recommended getting a baker's dozen and that was a big mistake, as one bite of the molten ball of fried cookie was enough. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 25 Aug. 2022 Our grocery list is a baker's dozen of items that include a mix of store brands and national brands. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 25 Jan. 2022 Even with its baker's dozen of extra horses, the four-cylinder Macan should reach 60 mph in a relatively tame 5.5 seconds, and that's with the optional performance boost of launch control from the $1220 Sport Chrono package. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 1 Sep. 2021 The suspects accused of plotting to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer are a baker's dozen of disaffected men whose anti-government attitudes show up in everything from seat belt violations to forgery., 8 May 2015 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1596, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of baker's dozen was in 1596

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“Baker's dozen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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