ten to the dozen

ten to the dozen

Very rapidly, hurriedly, and/or energetically. My aunt can get talking ten to the dozen if you get her on a topic she's passionate about. Samson came running ten to the dozen when he heard his son crying out to him from the back garden.
See also: dozen, ten
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Pancake Tuesday is a very happy day A childhood song we sang gaily In the playground of Holy Cross School While jumping in and out of a skipping rope My mam spent hours in the kitchen At 33b, standing over a smoking Cast iron frying pan, churning out perfect Golden syrup pancakes, ten to the dozen Stacking them high on a huge willow pattern plate The thrill of having the privilege of tossing The very last pancake, high in the air, seeing it Land, perfectly slap, in the middle of the pan An enthusiastic clap from my older siblings (No high fives back then) All in all making my Pancake Tuesday A really traditionally happy day
He wasn't too clever afterwards and his heart was beating ten to the dozen," said Bastiman.
I could tell he was talking to his agent, which set my heart beating ten to the dozen.
He said: "It was after a night out I felt my heart was racing ten to the dozen.
He's talking ten to the dozen and is, she says, a "very happy and loving little boy".
We've had reporters from all over Europe turning up at the door and curtains have been twitching ten to the dozen," she said.
All sorts of interesting concepts could get you talking away ten to the dozen, be it debating who creates crop circles, to speculating if THAT celebrity couple will stay together or not.
We're told: "She was garbling ten to the dozen at people in the VIP section, and despite her recent weight loss, she started flexing her puny biceps and screaming, 'Look at these guns
Ben is so passionate about WWRY, it's almost impossible to get a word in as he excitedly natters about it ten to the dozen, his sentences littered with expletives and his hands gesticulating more and more wildly.
But, with legs pumping ten to the dozen, I eventually reached the summit, thus completing my first challenge, one which brought me to the 'main' road.
In a shocking confession, disgraced Paul Henshaw admitted: "Some days it felt like I was spilling drinks, slurring my speech and talking ten to the dozen.
But as they poured out of the stadium yesterday, every Welsh fan's jaw was swinging ten to the dozen, with opinions to spare.
The Curious Twelve syndicate were cheering ten to the dozen as El Curioso got up close home in the seven furlong Durtnell Classified Stakes to pip Welsh Wind by half-a-length.