talk nineteen to the dozen
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talk nineteen to the dozenBRITISH
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.
talk nineteen to the dozentalk 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.