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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.
See also: dozen, nineteen

talk nineteen to the dozen

To speak 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. My professor always talks nineteen to the dozen, so it can be hard keeping up with what he's saying.
See also: dozen, nineteen, talk

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

talk nineteen to the dozen

BRITISH
If someone talks nineteen to the dozen, they talk very quickly, without pausing. He was animated, waving his arms around and talking nineteen to the dozen. Note: This expression suggests the idea of using nineteen words where most people would only use twelve. It is unclear why the number nineteen was chosen rather than any other.
See also: dozen, nineteen, talk

talk nineteen to the dozen

talk incessantly. British
No convincing reason has been put forward as to why nineteen should have been preferred in this idiom rather than twenty or any other number larger than twelve.
1998 Pamela Jooste Dance with a Poor Man's Daughter He hasn't even got his foot in the door before she's talking nineteen to the dozen and hanging round his neck and asking if he's got sweets in his pocket.
See also: dozen, nineteen, talk

talk, etc. nineteen to the ˈdozen

(British English, informal) talk a lot and very fast, usually in an informal conversation: An hour later they were still sitting there talking nineteen to the dozen.
See also: dozen, nineteen
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These court dramas--some nineteen in number and, hence, approximately ten percent of Calderon's total output--are the last genre in the Calderonian canon to be accorded genuinely serious attention (seven are treated here).
T'WAS Nineteen Twenty Six in London In Bruton Street by the green One fine April morn A baby was born First a Princess then a Queen Elizabeth Alexandra Mary A Princess she thought she would stay But a love sick King Changed everything And the crown was a heart beat away In the year nineteen forty seven She married her love and her Prince Beaming with pride She walked by the side Of the man whose stayed ever since I was a cook on the ship 'Empress of Scotland' When I set eyes on our Queen Or course I must stress She was still our Princess While I was a veg cook so green.
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Nineteen Eighty Four was Orwell's last and least typical book, and should also be construed as a kind of warning.
My argument for this is that all of us refer to 1900 as "nineteen hundred" and not "one thousand nine hundred" and 1914 as "nineteen fourteen" and not "one thousand nine hundred and fourteen".
The pair, who have just finished the communications, culture and media course at Coventry University, also hope Nineteen will be shown on television.
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Thus when Jonathan Rose writes of Orwell rejecting the religious orthodoxy of Lewis and Noyes, he is right only in a qualified sense and when he says that Nineteen Eighty-Four draws on a long tradition of anti-Catholic literature, he is apparently blind to the full significance of what he says.