baker's dozen

a baker's dozen
thirteen. (Bakers often added an extra item to an order for a dozen.) •

We ended up with a baker's dozen each of socks and undershirts on our shopping trip.

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{n.}, {informal} Thirteen. * /"How many of the jelly doughnuts, Sir? " the salesclerk asked. "Oh, make it a baker's dozen."/

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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