Posted by James Briggs on January 10, 2006
In Reply to: Ten to the dozen posted by Steve E 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'
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I too have never heard of '16 to the dozen'.