nineteen to the dozen

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
References in classic literature ?
He started several topics of conversation, but he could get little out of her, and he remembered with irritation that he had seen her talking nineteen to the dozen and laughing with the German.
Princess Mary will take her there and show her over, and they'll talk nineteen to the dozen. That's their woman's way!
"She stayed playing with Diana more than half an hour more'n I gave her leave to; and now she's perched out there on the woodpile talking to Matthew, nineteen to the dozen, when she knows perfectly well she ought to be at her work.
You may talk nineteen to the dozen -- I shall write to my friend and say Yes, in Frank's interests, by to-day's post."
Yolland talking nineteen to the dozen, and placing the most entire confidence in him.
You talked nineteen to the dozen, I suppose, just as usual."
He talks nineteen to the dozen about his priorities for the company - the success of which he acknowledges is reliant on him achieving "complete alignment" and understanding of his vision across the organisation.
After a stroll around a deserted deck, I joined a gaggle of cruise enthusiasts for pre-dinner cocktails, all gabbling nineteen to the dozen while a pianist tinkled the ivories on a white grand piano.
Rem is talking nineteen to the dozen between mouthfuls of pizza (I am making do with spaghetti with clams) and sips of mineral water.
I love chatting nineteen to the dozen to friends but dread the rumbling wrath of my husband, eyes watering as he scrutinises our latest bill.
I'd listen at the door occasionally to make sure they were behaving but all I'd hear was them all talking nineteen to the dozen and laughing - they were always laughing.
In the balmy heat of an Ontario evening, Rick and Fran tell me that their assembled gathering were enjoying listening to Herbert and my Liver Birds chatting nineteen to the dozen as usual about life, love and laughter.
Famed for her honesty, she chats away nineteen to the dozen, always frank and funny, and with no subjects off limits I apart from when it comes to her new boyfriend.
On the plus side, the conversation never flags and we chat away nineteen to the dozen. All the signs are good!