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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

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
References in classic literature ?
They knew not each other's opinion, either its constancy or its change, on the one leading point of Anne's conduct, for the subject was never alluded to; but Anne, at seven-and-twenty, thought very differently from what she had been made to think at nineteen.
The nineteen Horner girls all arose and made a polite curtsey, after which they resumed their seats and rearranged their robes properly.
asked Diksey, winking nineteen times at the nineteen girls, who demurely cast down their eyes because their father was looking.
Number Nineteen was a place of perpetual quarrelling and pain.
The first thing that the harpooner, aged nineteen, and the sailor, aged seventeen, did to show that they were men was to behave like men.
CONTAINING THE MOST MEMORABLE TRANSACTIONS WHICH PASSED IN THE FAMILY OF MR ALLWORTHY, FROM THE TIME WHEN TOMMY JONES ARRIVED AT THE AGE OF FOURTEEN, TILL HE ATTAINED THE AGE OF NINETEEN.
Of Mademoiselle Varenka one would not say that she had passed her first youth, but she was, as it were, a creature without youth; she might have been taken for nineteen or for thirty.
Its difficulty was much enhanced by the mode of publication; for, it would be very unreasonable to expect that many readers, pursuing a story in portions from month to month through nineteen months, will, until they have it before them complete, perceive the relations of its finer threads to the whole pattern which is always before the eyes of the story-weaver at his loom.
TCsWS THE City of Liverpool College's Team Brad won the second annual Team Nineteen Winter Cup at Goals North Soccer Centre.
QUETTA -- Nineteen candidates for local bodies's elections have been elected unopposed in Nasirabad district, despite demands by major political parties to postpone the local government elections in Balochistan.
Summary: Moscow: Nineteen people died on Tuesday when a MI-8 helicopter crashed in Russia's Yakutia region .
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- Following flower planting on Sunday, Istanbul Metropolitan workers started to plant some new trees in the Gezi Park, which was occupied by government protestors for nineteen days in Istanbul's central square of Taksim.
May 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Within the pages of Keith and Sherri White's new book, The Nineteen Year Winter ($35.
KARACHI -- At least four persons were killed and nineteen wounded in a traffic accident on Wednesday morning here.