Baker’s dozen idiom
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Idiom #19 – Baker’s dozen

What does the idiom “Baker’s dozen” mean?


The origins of this term are disputed. One theory is that in times when bread was sold by weight, bakers who short-weighted their customers were heavily fined, and for safety’s sake they would sell thirteen loaves for the price of twelve. Another theory is that dealers purchasing bread from bakers was allowed by law to receive thirteen loaves for the price of twelve, the thirteenth representing their cut of the profit.

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