nineteen to the dozen

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/ten to the dozen

  (British & Australian informal)
if someone is talking nineteen to the dozen, they are talking very fast, without stopping Gaby was chatting away nineteen to the dozen behind me and I couldn't concentrate.
See also: dozen
References in classic literature ?
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.
Jonathan Yeo, son of Conservative politician Tim Yeo, is a brilliant painter but also a brilliant talker, spilling anecdotes nineteen to the dozen.
When I had a builder in for several months he was so amused by the concept that tapping on the home computer was real work, that he spent half the day popping his head round the door oering cups of tea and yapping 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.
I love chatting nineteen to the dozen to friends but dread the rumbling wrath of my husband, eyes watering as he scrutinises our latest bill.
I'd listen at the door occasionally to make sure they were behaving but all I'd hear was them all talking nineteen to the dozen and laughing - they were always laughing.