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grosser

[groh-ser]
noun Informal.
a commercial production, as a motion picture or record, that generates a large amount of income.

Origin:
1955–60; gross + -er1

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gross
c.1347, from O.Fr. gros "big, thick, coarse," from L.L. grossus "thick, coarse (of food or mind)," of obscure origin, not in classical L. Said to be unrelated to L. crassus, which meant the same thing, or to Ger. gross "large," but said to be cognate with O.Ir. bres, M.Ir. bras "big." Its meaning forked
in M.E., to "glaring, flagrant, monstrous" on the one hand and "entire, total, whole" on the other. Meaning "disgusting" is first recorded 1958 in U.S. student slang, from earlier use as an intensifier of unpleasant things (gross stupidity, etc.). Noun sense of "a dozen dozen" is from O.Fr. grosse douzaine "large dozen;" sense of "total profit" (opposed to net) is from 1523. Gross national product first recorded 1947.
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Gross (grōs), Samuel David. 1805-1884.

American surgeon and educator who wrote widely influential medical treatises, including A System of Surgery (1859).

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Cultural Dictionary

gross definition


Exclusive of deductions, prior to taxation, as in gross income. (Compare net.) Total, aggregate, as in gross domestic product.

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gross definition

[gros]
  1. mod.
    crude; vulgar; disgusting. (Slang only when overused.) : What a gross thing to even suggest.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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