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baker’s dozen


Ten steps, a dozen, a baker’s dozen.
Stephen King  --  The Shining
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One theory of the source of the expression is that in 13th century England, bakers could lose a hand if they were caught shortchanging customers. Accordingly, they customarily added an extra item to a dozen to assure they wouldn’t accidentally be short.
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  • Ten steps, a dozen, a baker’s dozen.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • And just for the sight of that dimple I’ll buy you a baker’s dozen of mules if you want them.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • And she’s out now, making it a baker’s dozen."
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Baker’s dozen," I mumble.
    Jay Asher  --  Thirteen Reasons Why

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  • Ah wouldn’ swap disyere gal fer a baker’s dozen of boys.’
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Let’s have a little life!) Ten steps down, a dozen, a baker’s dozen.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
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Associated words [difficulty]:   baker’s dozen [8]
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