mile a minute

mile a minute

At a very rapid pace. Taylor was so excited to tell me about her first day at school that she was talking a mile a minute.
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*mile a minute

Fig. very fast. (*Typically: go ~; move ~; talk ~; travel ~.) She talks a mile a minute and is very hard to keep up with.
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mile a minute, a

Very rapidly, as in She was talking a mile a minute about the accident. This expression, alluding to the literal speed of 60 miles per hour, dates from the mid-1900s, when that speed was considered very fast, but it has survived into times of much greater velocity.
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a mile a minute

If you do something or something happens a mile a minute, you do it or it happens very fast. Claire was a good kid, though she talked a mile a minute and Maggie often felt exhausted when she left. His mind works a mile a minute, constantly full of ideas.
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a mile a minute

very quickly. informal
As a noun, mile a minute is a popular nickname for the quick-growing climbing plant Russian Vine.
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mile a minute, a

Very fast. As one might guess, this term dates only from the days when this literal speed was relatively reasonable. The OED cites its first use in a 1957 issue of Railway Magazine, announcing “a new table of their mile-a-minute runs.” It frequently is used figuratively, as in “He was talking a mile a minute.”
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He'll start talking a mile a minute he's gonna want to teach you everything!
"At first I thought it was cool for them to think I was smart but then I found out it made me enemies with some of the other kids." When Kenny, a second grader, is taken to read to other classes, he considers it fun until he looks up and sees that the teachers are "smiling a mile a minute" but "all the kids had their faces twisted up or were looking at me like I was a six-legged dog" (22-25).