nineteen to the dozen

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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.
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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.
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He looked really happy and his tail was wagging 19 to the dozen.
Mouchawar is talking 19 to the dozen as he discusses the company's new advertising campaign.
Speaking at her home in a village near Warrington, Cheshire, Emma is energetic - talking 19 to the dozen and laughing often.
Dressed in a dark shirt, fitted trousers and heels, with her blonde hair tumbling over her shoulders and minimal make-up, she is a lot more elegant than her soap characters Marilyn and Louise, but just as bubbly, talking 19 to the dozen and brimming with enthusiasm for everything she mentions.
My heart was going 19 to the dozen," said Selina last night.
Her chops must have been going 19 to the dozen as her face looks as if it's been inflated to Hollywood proportions.
The last reunion was prompted by the illness of a parent and each evening, after the end of hospital visiting hours, they congregated at the house and talked 19 to the dozen.
MUCH like a swan, wildlife renaissance man Simon King presents a facade of calm grace to the world, while underneath a pair of strong little legs are going 19 to the dozen.
The initial target was 600 squares, but the idea took off and knitting needles were clacking 19 to the dozen, and 1,000 were handed in.
Back then they were particularly proud that their beam engines could pump 19,000 gallons of water from a mine while burning only 12 bushels of coal - hence 19 to the dozen.
Out in the foyer, everyone was talking 19 to the dozen on mobile phones.
And the clientele is as diverse as Hong Kong's culture - from high-powered businessmen with mobile phones glued to their ears to market traders taking a break from their stalls, all with their heads down and chop sticks going at 19 to the dozen.
He was talk- ing 19 to the dozen and it was hard to get a word in edge- ways.