nineteen to the dozen

nineteen to the dozen

Very rapidly, hurriedly, and/or energetically. My aunt can get talking nineteen to the dozen if you get her on a topic she's passionate about. Sam came running nineteen to the dozen when he heard his son crying out to him from the back garden.
See also: dozen, nineteen

nineteen to the dozen

Prov. very rapidly or energetically. Whenever I get together with my cousins, we always gossip away nineteen to the dozen. While Alan got the other ingredients, Jane was chopping up potatoes nineteen to the dozen.
See also: dozen, nineteen
References in classic literature ?
He started several topics of conversation, but he could get little out of her, and he remembered with irritation that he had seen her talking nineteen to the dozen and laughing with the German.
Princess Mary will take her there and show her over, and they'll talk nineteen to the dozen.
She stayed playing with Diana more than half an hour more'n I gave her leave to; and now she's perched out there on the woodpile talking to Matthew, nineteen to the dozen, when she knows perfectly well she ought to be at her work.
You may talk nineteen to the dozen -- I shall write to my friend and say Yes, in Frank's interests, by to-day's post.
Yolland talking nineteen to the dozen, and placing the most entire confidence in him.
You talked nineteen to the dozen, I suppose, just as usual.
Scott and I yap nineteen to the dozen about everything from rugby to his son's music production talents when I'm in for the chop.
These women, who are dressed nineteen to the dozen are hardly the harbingers of change encouraging women to look beyond the clothes, blow dries and fancy jewellery and at the bigger picture.
Jonathan Yeo, son of Conservative politician Tim Yeo, is a brilliant painter but also a brilliant talker, spilling anecdotes nineteen to the dozen.
She's a person of enthusiasms, and talks nineteen to the dozen.
He talks nineteen to the dozen about his priorities for the company - the success of which he acknowledges is reliant on him achieving "complete alignment" and understanding of his vision across the organisation.
After a stroll around a deserted deck, I joined a gaggle of cruise enthusiasts for pre-dinner cocktails, all gabbling nineteen to the dozen while a pianist tinkled the ivories on a white grand piano.
Rem is talking nineteen to the dozen between mouthfuls of pizza (I am making do with spaghetti with clams) and sips of mineral water.
But that's because when one sees these small cliques at social gatherings or at the workplace, bound by linguistic ties, chattering away nineteen to the dozen, and hears the uproarious laughter, there is a sense of loss, of not belonging.