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Re: Ten to the dozen

Posted by Smokey Stover on January 11, 2006

In Reply to: Re: Ten to the dozen posted by James Briggs on January 10, 2006

: : : : : I am trying to find out the meaning of the phrase "ten to the dozen", refering to speed, like when people say a child is "running fast and his little legs were going ten to the dozen". I thought it meant they were going really fast but 10 to the dozen seems inefficient to me. Can anyone explain? And the origin of the saying? Thanks.

: : : : A more frequently heard and more logical phrase is "sixteen to the dozen." I've never heard "ten to the dozen." SS

: : : The phrase I am familiar with is 'nineteen to the dozen' - I too am unfamiliar with 'ten to the dozen' which doesn't make any sense (unless that was the intention.)

: : : DFG

: : I, too, am familiar with 'nineteen to the dozen'

: If you go to our Archive at
: You'll find a previous discussion about 'nineteen to....'
: I too have never heard of '16 to the dozen'.

I was raised in a small backwoods town I call Tinyville. It was too poor to have 19 to the dozen, they could only afford 16. SS