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 for wholesale
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wholesale \Whole"sale`\, n.
     Sale of goods by the piece or large quantity, as
     distinguished from retail.
     [1913 Webster]
     By wholesale, in the mass; in large quantities; without
        distinction or discrimination.
        [1913 Webster]
              Some, from vanity or envy, despise a valuable book,
              and throw contempt upon it by wholesale. --I. Watts.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wholesale \Whole"sale`\, a.
     1. Pertaining to, or engaged in, trade by the piece or large
        quantity; selling to retailers or jobbers rather than to
        consumers; as, a wholesale merchant; the wholesale price.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. Extensive and indiscriminate; as, wholesale slaughter. "A
        time for wholesale trust." --Mrs. Humphry Ward.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adv 1: at a wholesale price; "I can sell it to you wholesale"
             [ant: retail]
      2: on a large scale without careful discrimination; "I buy food
         wholesale" [syn: wholesale, in large quantities]
      adj 1: ignoring distinctions; "sweeping generalizations";
             "wholesale destruction" [syn: sweeping, wholesale]
      n 1: the selling of goods to merchants; usually in large
           quantities for resale to consumers [ant: retail]
      v 1: sell in large quantities [ant: retail]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  219 Moby Thesaurus words for "wholesale":
     abounding, absolute, abundant, affluent, all-embracing,
     all-encompassing, all-out, all-pervading, all-sufficing, ample,
     aplenty, at a bargain, at a sacrifice, at budget prices, at cost,
     at cost price, at piggy-bank prices, at prime cost,
     at reduced rates, at small cost, at wholesale, be in, bill of sale,
     blanket, born, bottomless, bounteous, bountiful, broad,
     broad-based, business, carry, casual, cheap, cheaply, clean, clear,
     close out, commercial, comprehensive, congenital, consummate,
     convert into cash, copious, cut under, deal in, deep-dyed, demand,
     diffuse, downright, dump, dyed-in-the-wool, effect a sale, effuse,
     egregious, epidemic, exhaustive, exhaustless, extensive,
     extravagant, exuberant, far-embracing, far-extending, far-flung,
     far-flying, far-going, far-ranging, far-reaching, fat, fertile,
     flush, for a song, for pennies, full, galore, general, generous,
     handle, imprudent, in plenty, in quantity, indiscreet,
     indiscriminate, indiscriminating, indiscriminative, industrial,
     inexhaustible, inexpensively, insensitive, intensive, job,
     large-scale, lavish, liberal, luxuriant, make a sale, many, market,
     marketing, mass market, maximal, mercantile, merchandise,
     merchandising, merchant, moderately, move, much, nominally,
     nonjudgmental, numerous, omnibus, omnipresent, on the cheap,
     opulent, out-and-out, outlet, outright, overflowing, perfect,
     pervasive, plain, plenitudinous, plenteous, plentiful, plenty,
     plumb, prevailing, prevalent, prodigal, productive, profuse,
     profusive, promiscuous, pure, radical, rampant, reasonably,
     regular, replete, resell, retail, retailing, rich, rife, riotous,
     running over, sacrifice, sale, sales, sell, sell off,
     sell on consignment, sell out, sell over, sell retail, sell short,
     sell up, sell wholesale, selling, sheer, straight, superabundant,
     sweeping, tactless, teeming, thorough, thoroughgoing,
     through-and-through, tie-in, total, trade, trade in, trading,
     traffic in, turn into money, turn over, turnover, ubiquitous,
     unconditional, uncritical, uncriticizing, undemanding, undercut,
     undersell, undifferentiating, undiscreet, undiscriminated,
     undiscriminating, undiscriminative, undistinguishing, unexacting,
     unfastidious, universal, unload, unmeticulous, unmitigated,
     unparticular, unqualified, unreserved, unrestricted, unselective,
     unsubtle, untactful, utter, veritable, wealthy, well-found,
     well-furnished, well-provided, well-stocked, wholesaling, wide,
     wide-extended, wide-extending, wide-ranging, wide-reaching,
     wide-stretching, widespread

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  WHOLESALE. To sell by wholesale, is to sell by large parcels, generally in 
  original packages, and not by retail. (q.v.) 

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