by\ the\ thousand

• by the dozen
• by the hundred
• by the thousand
adv. phr.
Very many at one time; in great numbers.

Tommy ate cookies by the down.

- Often used in the plural, meaning even larger numbers.

The ants arrived at the picnic by the hundreds.

The enemy attacked the fort by the thousands.

Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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