talk nineteen to the dozen

Definition of talk nineteen to the dozen

British, informal
:to speak rapidly and without stopping
  • He showed us around the house while talking nineteen to the dozen.

Word by Word Definitions

talk play
  1. : to express or exchange ideas by means of spoken words

  2. : to convey information or communicate in any way (as with signs or sounds)

  3. : to use speech : speak

  1. : the act or an instance of talking : speech

  2. : a way of speaking : language

  3. : pointless or fruitless discussion : verbiage

nineteen play
  1. : a number that is one more than 18 — see Table of Numbers

dozen play
  1. : a group of 12

  2. : an indefinitely large number

  3. : a ritualized word game that consists of exchanging insults usually about the members of the opponent's family


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