How to be British · Language

Nineteen to the dozen

Monday, June 5, 2017. Daily Brit Wit.

Nineteen to the dozen:

Phrase, informal

A person talking very fast without stopping.

“His nieces surround him, three of them in a semi-circle before him and the youngest, Lucy, cradled in his arms. His eyes widen the further along the oldest three ramble and he looks for one of his brothers for help. Since the children are out of the pool, the fathers aren’t worried about their daughters. 

‘Uncle Tommy, did you see me!?’ Bree tugs incessantly at his tee-shirt. ‘Did you see all three of us? We were practicing moves from our swim class and we’ve wanted you to see for a very long time.’ She’s nineteen to the dozen rapid fire fast and Uncle Tommy’s head rolls.

He tries to pacify his nieces and responds affirmatively.”


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